Akshita Patel

Yankees’ GM Initiated Sell-Off At Trade Deadline, Facing Opposition From Bombers Owner Hal Steinbrenner

The New York Yankees carried huge baggage of expectations going into the trade deadline last Tuesday. The team has remained at the last spot of the American League East table for weeks now. While the team still managed to stay above .500, the playoff wild card spot is still way out of their reach. As a result, the Yankee fans expected major moves at the trade deadline.

However, the Yankees front office majorly let down the passionate fan base. After weeks of hype and contemplation, the club ended up trading just a couple of rental bullpen pieces, out of which one was optioned to Triple-A. The Yanks were expected to add an outfielder but chose against it. Amid this, media reports suggest that the front office officials apparently stood divided on the trade deadline approaches.


Brian Cashman And Hal Steinbrenner Were At Crossroads Over Selling At Trade Deadline

Brian Cashman left, and Hal Steinbrenner aimed to lower the Yankees’ payroll so they did not have to pay a luxury tax. Credit…Kathy Willens/Associated Press

The New York Yankees contemplated multiple approaches at the trade deadline. The majority of baseball pundits suggested that the club would buy and sell simultaneously to balance out the luxury tax threshold. Eyeing these circumstances, general manager Brian Cashman devised a plan to ship away multiple high-end players. A couple of days prior to the deadline, a media report suggested that the Yanks have put impending free agents, such as Harrison Bader, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Luis Severino, and Wandy Peralta, for sale. However, as per Yankee fan and podcaster Pete Simonetti, Cashman faced opposition from the organization owner, Hal Steinbrenner. Hal made it clear that he won’t initiate a sell-up under any circumstances.

The disagreement between the Yankees’ front office’s top brass resulted in an underwhelming trade deadline. The fans are totally against it and have made their resentment vocal during multiple games at Yankee Stadium. The anger is relatively more towards the general manager, Brian Cashman owing to his history of failed trades and off-season acquisitions. Since the deadline passed on Tuesday, the Yankee stadium has been echoing with “Fire Cashman” chants. Having said that, the Yanks’ destiny is in their own hands from now. With two months to go before the postseason, the team must pull up their socks now and turn things around. They still remain three games below the playoff wildcard spot. A couple of good series should do the job for them.

Yankees Must Make The Most Of Themselves To Make A Playoff Push

NY Post

With the trade deadline long gone, the New York Yankees will not receive any more outside help in their late playoff push. They have to make the most of the current roster to ensure a playoff berth. Aaron Judge, the captain and leader, said that the standings and competition often act as a source of demoralization. But, their job is to focus on executing their plans and making necessary adjustments.

Aaron Judge further added that every single soul in the Yankee clubhouse is here to win. They possess the necessary talent and capabilities to come out on top. It’s just about the execution. Judge believes that the Yankee’s destiny is within their own hands. How they choose to approach the next set of games will reveal their true characters.