Have the Yankees figured out that "one more trade" for an aging star isn't the answer? Have they finally figured out that some young talent might be a better answer in the long run?
The Yankees are leery of dipping into the depth they have built in their farm system to make a trade for short-term help. That explains their reluctance to jump at Los Angeles Angels first baseman Shea Hillenbrand, who was told he would be designated for assignment on Friday.
The Yankees would take Hillenbrand, but only if the Angels paid almost all of his salary and accepted very little – probably a low-level prospect – in return. Hillenbrand is making $6 million this season and is batting .254, with an on-base percentage of only .275.
The last thing they need right now is a "short term answer". They need younger pitchers, and that's not something that will happen overnight. This season is a washout - the same thing is happening for the Yankees now that happened to Atlanta last year. If they don't panic, the farm system will help them out.