The Yanks are back to business tomorrow night in Toronto. As the second half kicks off, there are a few things to watch out for. Will the Yankees trade for another arm? What about a corner infielder? Bullpen depth? What will they do about Jesus Montero, who seems ready for the Show?


Starting Pitching

Brian Cashman has already stated the Yankees will not look to add an arm to the rotation. But, Cash always keeps things tight to the vest. The Yankees do indeed have a surplus of pitching, but as we’ve seen with the Red Sox, injuries happen to even the deepest of rotations. In addition, will Bartolo and Freddy be able to build on their impressive first halves? Names such as Erik Bedard, Wandy Rodriguez, and Brett Myers have been tossed around. There’s no marquee name out on the market, but with the right package, any player can be had.

Corner Infield

A-Rod is going to be out for at least the next four weeks. Eric Chavez is also a few weeks away from returning from a foot injury. Chavez isn’t a sure bet, due to the nature and violence of foot injuries. Will the Yankees rely on a platoon of Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena at the hot corner? The third base market shape consists of Wilson Betemit and Mark Reynolds. We’ve all seen the Betemit show before, so I expect the Yanks to stick with Eduardo Pena at third.


The backend of the pen has been great, but another shutdown option could the Yanks ticket to the Fall Classic. At this point, Rafael Soriano is a complete Wild Card and doesn’t have the trust of Joe Girardi. Heath Bell is the top prize of the trade class, but wouldn’t come cheaply. Other options include Leo Nunez, Mike Adams, Grant Balfour, and the controversial, K-Rod. Adams and his 1.32 is definitely a tantizing option, but the Padres will want a lot in return. The lefty reliever isn’t that good at all. Brian Fuentes, John Grabow, and Randy Choate are options.

What About Jesus?

It’s no secret that Jesus Montero is ready for the Big League. Montero is rated as the third best prospect in baseball. Montero’s first half numbers in Triple A don’t exactly jump off the page (.289 BA, 7 HRs), but many scouts think he is uninterested in Minor League Baseball. There’s no room for Montero on the big league roster and having him rot on the bench will only stun his development. Don’t forget, he’s only 21 years-old. Maybe we’ll see him as a September call-up, but don’t expect an arrival before then.

Overall, expect the Yankees to make some moves at the deadline. The Yankees had a very busy trade deadline last year, acquiring Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns, and Kerry Wood. We’ll see some new faces join the Bombers in the next month.