COMMENTARY | In case you haven't been watching (and for your sake I hope you haven't), the New York Yankees are scoring so few runs these days, that even if Cy Young himself were starting games for the Pinstripes, there's a strong chance he'd still take the loss.
The Yankees' offense is averaging 3.88 runs a game this season, down from 4.96 runs a game in 2012. The Yanks own an embarrassing -6 run differential, and in their last 29 innings, they have managed to score all of three runs.
It's getting comical at this point.
And yet, night after night, the Yankees are sending the exact same lackluster lineup out there with expectations of winning the game.
Well, if the Yankees' front office believes that this lineup is going to get it done, they are kidding themselves.
And while Yankee fans are being lulled to sleep by this lineup on a daily basis, they can only dream of the day that Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson will finally grace this Yankees' team with their presence.
But if, and when, that day finally arrives, will the results be any different? Maybe slightly, but if the Yankees are serious about making the playoffs this season, they would be wise to not trust this trio with their postseason lives.
This is why the Yankees must trade for a bat before the July 31 trade deadline.
The Yankees have a surplus of starting pitchers, so it would make sense to include one of them in a deal. Phil Hughes, David Phelps, and Ivan Nova are all expendable.
And heck, I'm sure every Yankees fan would trade Joba Chamberlain for a rosin bag at this point. But unfortunately, that's about all he's worth, so forget about Joba being of any trade value.
What the Yankees need is a right-handed power-hitting first baseman, or a high-OBP third baseman that can also play first.
With that in mind, here are three potential trade targets that might make this Yankees' lineup a little less awful.
The Seattle Mariners' Kendrys Morales is batting .280, with 13 home runs, 51 RBIs, and a .802 OPS. Morales, a switch-hitter, would give the Yankees some much-needed balance and power in their lineup. The most appealing part about Morales, though, may be the fact that he is on a one-year contract.
2. Kyle Seager
How about another Mariner? Seager is batting .288, with 13 home runs, 41 RBIs, and a .352 OBP. In both the short-term and the long-term, Seager would figure to help the Yankees. He wouldn't come cheap, but the Yanks could offer Hughes (who would be much better off in expansive Safeco Field) and either Phelps or Nova in the deal. Seager would also allow the Yankees to turn the aging A-Rod into a full-time DH.
Yes, the Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham is a second baseman, but he did play 102 games at third for the White Sox in 2009. Since returning from a wrist injury, Beckham has been having an impressive season, 48-for-141 (.340). He could play third until A-Rod returns, DH, or even just be a valuable right-handed bat off the bench. His asking price won't be nearly that of Seager's, and his .365 OBP would put him second on the team, behind only Robinson Cano.
Tobias Rosen is from northeast Pennsylvania. He has been an avid Yankees follower his entire life. He is the creator of the recently launched sports blog Not Quite Grantland.
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