7/31 – Yankees at White Sox
Here we are, now that the deadline has passed, and the Yankees have made only minor moves — Jerry Hairston, Jr. will join the bench tomorrow as he flies in from Cincinnati, Shelley Duncan is here today and could be gone tomorrow as it sounds like they’ll keep Cody Ransom, and Jason Hirsh was added from the Rockies to serve as Triple-A depth.
It wasn’t that the Yankees didn’t look at other things, and their interest in Jarrod Washburn was real. But the price the Mariners were asking was prohibitive, as they reportedly were bringing up the names of Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Jesus Montero to anchor packages. Brian Cashman wasn’t biting on anything like that.
“We were pretty far off on everything we were looking for,” Cashman said. “I certainly pursued a lot of pitching opportunities as well as other opportunities.”
They’ll keep looking in August, as there may be some waiver moves to be made. But Joe Girardi was a little more optimistic than Cashman sounded when I reached him on his cell phone shortly after 5 p.m. ET.
“Basically, we’re always interested in doing something that makes us better if it makes sense,” Cashman said. “Over the last month, we’ve been able to add Eric Hinske and Jerry Hairston to our bench because we feel that those were opportunities that made sense for us. To try to come up with something that makes sense for two different teams is hard to do. You keep exploring it, but realistically, you don’t expect it to happen.”
On to the lineups…
Pitching: Sergio Mitre (1-0, 5.91)
WHITE SOX (52-51)
Pitching: D.J. Carrasco (3-1, 3.58)