Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has a shopping list—he just doesn’t know where to bring it. As much as he wants pitching, so far, it’s been a quiet trade market.
"Everybody wants to add, but it’s still kind of early in the process," Cashman said.
Cashman spoke of the trade market and the Yankees needs before watching Phil Hughes make his second rehab start with the Trenton Thunder Friday against the New Britain Rock Cats. Cashman reiterated that he would like to bolster the Yankees stable of arms.
"Offensively we’re fine, defensively we’re fine," Cashman said. "Pitching wise, bullpen, rotation, we’d be open to incremental upgrades or significant ones."
While there might not be much out there, Cashman has three pieces that he can potentially add to his staff and bullpen that are currently on the disabled list: Hughes and starter Bartolo Colon, as well as reliever Rafael Soriano. Those three pitchers, he said, are better than what he is going to find on the trade market.
Hughes made his second rehab start Friday night Cashman said the goal is for Hughes to get two to three more starts before joining the team in the Bronx. Hughes has been on the disabled list since April 15 with inflammation in his right shoulder, but was 0-1 with a 13.94 in three starts with the Yankees.
Colon, who has been on the disabled list since June 12 with a sprained left hamstring, will throw a simulated game on Monday and threw a bullpen session on Friday in Tampa. Colon was 5-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 13 games for the Yankees.
In the bullpen, Soriano, who was signed to be in the set-up man, is on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, will not return before the All-Star Break.
In Hughes and Colon’s spot in the rotation, career minor leaguer Brian Gordon has started two games and has gone 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA.
"He filled in and gave us a chance to win two games," Cashman said of Gordon. "We won one of them the other one he gave up five hits, (four) runs. He’s doing all right."
Once interesting internal name that could possibly help the Yankees is Trenton Thunder starter Delin Betances, who is on the 40-man roster and is 3-1 with a 3.50 ERA for Trenton, but there is going to be some time before he debuts in pinstripes.
Said Cashman: "Down the line (we could use him), but he’s not someone we’re looking at right now."
Cashman also reiterated that he does not see a need for Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, who is a free agent at the end of the season. He complimented the play of Eduardo Nunez, who has filled in with Derek Jeter on the disabled list.
"I think he’s done a fantastic job," Cashman said. "I think he’s an everyday shortstop, if there’s a team that had a need for a shortstop, he’d be starting for a team in need. We are not a team in need."