CHICAGO – Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has not finished.
Instead, it has probably just started.
Edwin Encarnacion, the front-line American front-runner, surprised the Yankees in a 8-4 win over the White Sox in the 8-4 win over the White Sox.
The Yankees will surely do more things before the deadline of July 31, and they could do it quickly.
Here's what should be next:
Movement of 25 players: To allow Encarnacion to be part of the 40-man roster, Cashman placed reliever Jake Barrett (elbow) on the 60-day casualty list. To be part of the 25-man lineup, sending championship player Mike Tauchman to Triple A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre seems like a likely option. The Yankees had five field fields Saturday.
Trade to start launching: The Yankees had to concentrate on this road before smothering baseball with the Encarnacion deal. The addition of Encarnacion has the effect of further linking the DH station as the alignment is under construction. This probably means that Giancarlo Stanton – when he is healthy – will take over as a left-field player with Brett Gardner on the bench. That would mean a lot less attack for Cameron Maybin and Clint Frazier and who knows what will happen to one or the other. It has been speculated that Frazier – a long-time prospect who has played 11 times in the major leagues of the season – could serve as a bargaining chip to help clinch a start. But we do not know exactly how the teams value it. Has his bad defense taken away some of his luster? What about his exchanges with the media? Can not take away the fact that he showed he could hit in the majors. Could Frazier be a building block – perhaps not a centerpiece – of an agreement that would bring the Yankees to a newbie like Madison Bumgarner of the Giants, Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays or Matthew Boyd of the Tigers? One thing is clear: the Yankees, who apparently only have the consistency of their first pitchers, need another high quality arm.
Exchange help? Manager Aaron Boone has used his weapons a lot during the season. Check out this use: Tommy Kahnle, 31 games; Adam Ottavino, 30 games; Zack Britton, 29 games; Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Holder, 28 games. At this point, the Yankees must plan as if they were not recovering the Dellin Betances, even though they thought it was possible (or even likely) that he would come back. With Holder in trouble and Chad Green still being a question mark outside his opening work, the Yankees might want to target the Indians Brad Hand or the Giants Will Smith.
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