New York Yankees veteran outfielder Brett Gardner believes team still has plenty of talent despite quiet trade deadline.
The 4 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline on Wednesday came and went with the New York Yankees barely making any noise. They were hoping to add to their starting rotation, which is 18th in the majors with a combined 4.77 ERA. However, that didn’t happen, and many fans aren’t happy to say the least.
However, despite the quietness from the Bombers, veteran outfielder Brett Gardner still believes the team has a good amount of talent on the current roster.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect, either way,” Gardner said on Friday, per Bryan Hoch of mlb.com. “Obviously we’ve got a great team and we’ve got a good group of guys that have played pretty good baseball up until this point. We’ve obviously got our most important baseball left.”
The Yankees did acquire 20-year-old pitching prospect Alfredo Garcia from the Colorado Rockies. In return, they dealt Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Joe Harvey. However, Garcia won’t see the majors for quite some time.
Gardner has 15 home runs and 41 RBIs thus far in 2019. He’s currently posting a .243/.325/.460 slash line through 92 games.
Despite the middle-of-the-road rotation which includes CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, J.A. Happ, and Domingo Germán, New York is in a pretty comfortable spot in the standings.
They’re currently 68-39, sitting at 7.0 games ahead of the second place-Tampa Bay Rays atop the AL East division. They begin a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Friday before embarking on a seven-game road trip starting on Monday.