Does Ivan Nova being taken out of game last night signal the end of the New York Yankees acquiring a big arm for the playoff push?
By Steven Cifuentes
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman always very carefully explains his philosophy about classifying his team as buyers or sellers. He judges it in a very simplistic way: whether or not his team needs immediate help or not.
This particular Yankees team is shouting up to the front office we deserve it. They came into the month of July in a fight for the top spot in the AL East.
All they have done, since coming back form the All-star break, is go 8-2 including a sweep of the AL East preseason favorite Baltimore Orioles.
With this streak, the Yankees AL East lead has ballooned to seven games over Toronto and Baltimore. This is now officially their division to win.
New York is on record as indicating they will not completely mortgage the future to go for it all in 2015. They need to keep their young talent if they want to compete for years to come.
Last night after five innings, the team had to remove Ivan Nova from his start due to arm fatigue. While this may not sound like a bad injury, it is when you consider he is coming back from Tommy John surgery.
One player who was being scouted and could have possibly been traded for high end talent was Nova. His value would’ve been extremely high if he passed all the necessary health eye tests.
This injury puts the Yankees back on the hot seat of possibly having to trade a Luis Severino or an Aaron Judge to obtain the top-end talent this rotation may need to win the World Series.
From this fan’s perspective, while I want a championship back in New York, Cashman must hold tight and not mortgage the future for this season.
If he can acquire one more bullpen arm, they can survive with the current formula the Kansas City Royals perfected last season of five or six innings from your starter, then handing it over to a filthy bullpen.
The Yankees could do worse then putting their eggs in the Delin Betances and Andrew Miller basket. The Royals have proven a solid bullpen can get you to the World Series, it is the Yankees turn to prove it is a formula that can win it all.
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