Trade Deadline Comes and Goes Without a Bang

The MLB trade deadline came and went yesterday at 4 p.m., and the Yankees did not make any deals I was expecting or hoping for. All we got was utility man Jerry Hairston, Jr. from the Reds to bolster our injury plagued outfield. I was at least hoping for a better outfielder, a solid reliever, or a late-rotation starter. The Padres’ closer Heath Bell would have been perfect, which would have beefed up the Yankees bullpen while allowing Phil Hughes to return to the rotation. But alas, we only got a utility man batting .254 in exchange for a minor league catcher.

Sure, getting a guy who has played six positions this season isn’t a bad thing. But since the defending champion Phillies and the wild card chasing White Sox got Cy Young pitchers (Cliff Lee and Jake Peavy, respectively), the hated Red Sox got an all star catcher/first baseman/designated hitter (Victor Martinez), and what seemed like every team over .500 made a deal, I was hoping the Yankees would do something bigger. Since Bell wasn’t traded at all, hopefully they can pick him up in a waiver trade later in the season.

At least we brought one of my favorite Yankees up from the minors. Welcome back, Shelley Duncan.


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