As the New York Yankees motor along into the month of July, it becomes time for them to monitor suitable fits that may be an attraction come July 31.
With the major league baseball season moving into the month of July, trade rumors begin to float around. The dreaded question, “Buyers or sellers?” begins to surface, and inevitable speculation arises.
The question of whether to buy or sell has been a focal point of the New York Yankees’ first half, particularly amongst fans. Currently sitting at 39-39, three games out of a wild card spot, a Yankee front office that rarely accepts defeat will certainly not be selling if the team’s standing approaching July 31 resembles anything close to now.
With that said, a .500 team through a great portion of the season definitely will use some improvement. To get over the hump and become a true contender for not only a postseason squeak-in, but a world series championship, the Yankees will have to be in the market for marginal improvements to the roster at the very least.
However, do not be surprised if the organization, two years away from an almost certain free-agent spending spree, goes out and makes a splash in order to go all out for championship number 28 in 2016.
Particular pieces are currently in place. The back end of the bullpen, if held intact, provides game shortening that will prove vital to the club down the stretch and in potential postseason scenarios.
The emergence of certain pieces of the starting pitching staff along with the veteran leadership and talent the lineup possesses can only bode well for the team in a stretch run.
Combine that with a couple of significant moves to improve areas of need and you have a team poised to make a push for the franchise’s 41st pennant. The leap into July will result in plenty of team officials and scouts beginning the process of honing in on key names and that might fit in nicely to the big scheme of things.
Let’s take a look at a few names that the Yankees might be slapping on their big board within the coming weeks.