A completely mediocre team through the first 62 games of the season, the Yanks and GM Brian Cashman will be looking to improve at the July 31 trade deadline. Some ideas for trades-
1. Send Jose Tabata, Alan Horne and JB Cox to the A's for Huston Street.
The 25 year old Street has allowed 170 hits in his 226 career major league innings while striking out 234. His career 2.70 era is above Mo's 2.31 career mark, but still exceptional. Street is under team control through the 2010 season and would create the best 1-2 bullpen tandem in the bigs. Also, Mo's new 3 year deal runs out after 2010, so Street would have plenty of reason to want to sign an extension.
2. Send Daniel McCutchen and Mitch Hilligoss to the Pirates for Damaso Marte.
Having lacked a reliable lefty out of the 'pen, Marte would be a valuable addition. At 33 Marte could be the left handed answer for the Yanks for the next 2-3 years.
3. Hope the Indians fall totally out of contention and try and get CC Sabathia.
At 28-34 Cleveland is 7.5 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central. Should they continue to stink and Chicago keeps playing well, Mark Shapiro might be inclined to deal the Ace lefty instead of settling for draft picks after the season.
4. Find a speed guy for the bench.
I looked around some and couldn't find the right name. I'm sure, however, that here are a number of back-up players with great speed that could be had for a reasonable price. As much as I like Shelley's energy and underdog story, his lack of production has been painful so far this year. Betemit's bat has come around and he can play all of the infield positions. open the roster spot for this speed player by sending Dunc back to SWB. Brett Gardner is an obvious option here, but having him player everyday is important to his continued development.
The lineup/offense needs no help; it's the pitching that needs help. Marte and Street would make the 'pen a force, and if we were able to get Sabathia the rotation would obviously be much stronger.
I tried to offer fair deals - do you think these trades are fair? If you have any trade ideas let us know!