The New York Yankees are rolling.
Winning their fifth game in a row by beating the Braves for the second night with a score of 6-4.
Skipper Joe Girardi and crew deserve the recognition here for guiding this team through all the adversity and injuries.
So now that we all know the Yankees can still win, what will GM Brian Cashman due to insure this team gets to October?
With an already lengthy DL list and some players past their primes, Cashman will be looking to add something to assure the Yankees have the smoothest ride into the postseason.
Now how big Cashman will go weighs heavily on the outcome of Brett Gardner’s elbow diagnosis, which has sidelined him since April 17th. Gardner has made it all the way to a minor league start in his rehab three times; and all three times have led to a setback.
This week Gardner has already seen Dr. James Andrews and is on his way to see the Reds orthopedic Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati today.
Gardner’s elbow injury has been grim so far with all the setbacks and multiple doctor visits is never a good sign.
So, the worst-case scenario is Gardner is out for the season, and that is when things get complicated.
1) Does Cashman make a trade for an everyday outfielder?
2) Or do the Yankees keep platooning Raul Ibanez, Dewayne Wise, Jayson Nix and Andruw Jones in left field for the rest of the season, praying that no one gets injured?
According to Marc Craig of the Star-Ledger, Cashman had this to say, “Our guys are doing a great job despite not having him here. But I don’t want to overexpose the old guys out there and run them out there every day,” which makes me to believe the Yankees will be taking the trade route sans Gardner.
So, who would be a prime target for the Cashman?
One of the best outfielders rumored to be on the block is San Diego Padres Carlos Quentin.
Quentin is coming off a knee injury from last season, and has only recently returned less than two weeks ago. In the 11 games he is started, Quentin is posting a .455 batting average, with 15 hits, five homers, nine RBIs, three walks in 33 at-bats.
Those numbers are even more impactful when you realize he plays in Petco Park, which is about the most pitcher friendly stadium in the majors but overall it is still too small sample size to make a decision on.
If Quentin keeps up that rate, which would be God-like, his trade value could skyrocket.
Still, the Padres are getting new ownership come August so it is easy to presume there will be urgency in trading him and that could impact Quentin’s price tag.(…)
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