- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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With that abundance of arms, and a current lack of offense, the Yankees could potentially dangle a starter in hope of swapping an arm for a bat.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said "we'll see" when asked Friday about the possibility of using the pitching depth to make a move.
"You need the excess pitching and it's nice to have the excess pitching. We'll see," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. "[We'll] stay engaged with the clubs and if anything makes sense we'll have to evaluate it."
Cashman reiterated that the Yankees are in search of offense, not arms, as the July 31 deadline inches closer. He did add that he's not sure if the Yankees will be able to find anything better than players on their disabled list, which includes third baseman Alex Rodriguez and left fielder Curtis Granderson.
The GM expressed confidence in his pitching staff, which has been boosted lately by the revival of Nova. After struggling to start the year, and being sent down to the Triple-A, Nova is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his four appearances since returning, and has given up just three earned runs over his past 17 innings.
"It's been great. Obviously sending him out was a good move," Cashman said. "We sent him down to let him press the reset button and he worked on some things with Gil Patterson and he's come back a monster. He's got great stuff."
As Nova has blossomed, veteran Andy Pettitte has been struggling lately, as he has given up at least four runs in seven of his last eight stars. In his last two, he's yielded a combined 17 hits and eight runs in 12 1/3 innings. Cashman isn't concerned about the veteran southpaw.
"I think guys struggling for a period of time is not something unusual in a 162-game season," Cashman said. "He's healthy, he knows how to pitch and he's been there for us. I don't have any worry with that."
While the Yankees usually find themselves near the top of the division near the All-Star break, they currently are in the fourth place in the AL East, six games out of division lead, as well as 2 1/2 games out of the Wild Card. Cashman said that doesn't change how he works at the trade deadline.
"Last week we were in the playoffs," Cashman said. "This week we're 2 1/2 games out."