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Some rival executives reportedly consider the struggling New York Yankees ought to be sellers forward of the Aug. 1 MLB commerce deadline.
Based on Jon Heyman of the New York Submit, one of many nameless execs stated, “One thing’s incorrect there.”
Whereas the Yankees are in final place within the American League East at 50-47 and have misplaced 5 of six video games for the reason that All-Star break, Heyman deemed it “unlikely” that they may abandon their playoff pursuit and change into sellers.
SNY’s Andy Martino provided a distinct take, reporting the workforce’s decision-makers know they might should reverse course and “critically focus on” turning into sellers if they can not flip issues round by the deadline.
The Yankees’ fall from grace has largely coincided with the position of celebrity outfielder Aaron Decide on the injured listing final month as a result of a torn ligament in his toe.
Since Decide final performed in a recreation on June 3, the Yanks have gone simply 15-22, dropping them into the AL East cellar, and 4 video games out of the ultimate wild-card spot within the American League.
Whereas New York has been stable on the mound, each by way of the beginning rotation and bullpen, it has been among the many worst offensive groups in Main League Baseball this season, particularly with out Decide.
The Yankees rank twenty eighth in MLB this season with a .230 batting common, twenty sixth with a .301 on-base proportion and simply nineteenth in runs scored with 422.
Supervisor Aaron Boone told reporters Tuesday that Decide is lastly “getting shut” to a return amid the slugger taking batting observe and working the bases, though no official timeline has been given.
If New York does determine to soldier on and attempt to compete for a playoff spot, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that they’re available in the market for a left fielder, and presumably assist in the beginning rotation and bullpen as nicely.
Nonetheless, ought to the Yankees do what was unthinkable a month in the past and change into sellers, Martino listed first baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Gleyber Torres, outfielder Harrison Bader and beginning pitcher Luis Severino as commerce candidates.
Profitable is at all times the aim in New York, and the Yankees have achieved loads of it over time, posting a successful report each season since going 76-86 in 1992.
New York has reached the playoffs in every of the previous six seasons, however lacking out this season might price normal supervisor Brian Cashman and Boone their jobs, so there’s loads of incentive on their half to make some strikes.
The Yankees have a golden alternative to get again on monitor and solidify their standing as patrons Friday after they start a three-game collection in opposition to the 28-70 Kansas Metropolis Royals.