July 4, 2011

Rosenthal: Yankees to pursue relief help at trade deadline

Via Ken Rosenthal:

The Yankees, knowing that the trade market is thin in quality starting pitching, likely will pursue relievers aggressively after suffering numerous injuries in their bullpen.

The report mentioned Padres closer Heath Bell, who is having another stellar season.

Rosenthal is right, kind of. The Yankees have had the worst luck with injuries to their bullpen this season. Losing Rafael Soriano, Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte for extended periods of time hasn’t made it easy for the Yankees. Plus, the trade market for starting pitchers will likely be incredibly thin.

However, I do NOT think the Yankees should pursue a stud reliever because the asking price is almost never worth it for relievers. Other than Mariano Rivera, there haven’t been too many relievers to consistently be great and healthy.

On the other hand, the Yankees could try and strike gold on a Kerry Wood type, and not spend a whole lot of money and/or prospects. It’s a tough call, which is why I’ve made it this week’s poll question. Cast your vote and make your case in the comments!

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