Yanks Deadline Decision

With the trade deadline looming the Yankees have an important decision to make: should they make a trade this season? Right now the Yanks sport the best record in the American League leading their division by three and a half games. They have gone on a tear to start the second half of play only losing two games since the All-Star break. Joba is pitching the best he has all season, all the offensive players are healthy with the run average these past few weeks being over the five run mark and the Yankees are cruising to the top of thier division making the Yankees look like they will coast to the playoffs even though it isn’t even August yet.

The problem is the Yankees have just put Wang on the DL with the realization that he is definitely done this season and with Hughes playing so well in the bullpen they had to turn to Sergio Mitre as their fifth starter. This is not a huge deal but the Yankees would probably feel a lot more comfortable having a fifth starter with a little better pedigree than this. Also you have to keep in mind that Joba is on an innings limit making it unlikely they will be able to use him for the postseason and with Pettitte not playing that well the Yankees will have to go into the postseason with a rotation of Sabathia, Burnett…Pettitte and Mitre. Simply put a rotation that has a lot to be desired, and with the Angels and Red Sox likely to be in the postseason as well the Yankees can’t just expect to cruise into the World Series.

There are quite a few starters available through trade at this point but as the Yankees are a team that should win now would it be a good move to trade for Halladay? The problem of course is going to be the players it will likely cost the Yankees, something that could hurt them for the future especially with GM Brian Cashman’s new emphasis on developing the farm system. The thing is the prospects of having a rotation that starts with Sabathia and Halladay is almost too good to pass up. If the Yankees can start a short series with Sabathia, Halladay and Burnett they should be in a great position.

I would say as long as you don’t have to give up more than one or at most two players currently on the Major League team the Yanks should do it. Now I wouldn’t want those players to be Joba and Hughes but Hughes, Melky and a couple prospects would be doable. The reason for this is while you obviously are going to have to give up a lot to get Halladay, if the trade also weakens the team for this year then it will hurt their chances of a championship now, the main reason why the trade is being made in the first place. The prospects will be tough to lose as the Yanks really do want to have a strong system but with the way they are playing it would really be a disappointment if the Yankees don’t win it all this year and so making a move to really solidify this rotation will be huge, and while a trade for Halladay can not be expected there should be a move for a quality starting pitcher as the Yanks really can’t have Pettitte and Mitre being their third and fourth starters in the postseason.

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