Buster Olney: Yankees in ‘Great Position’ As Trade Deadline Nears [AUDIO]
The Yankees have been strong in the month of July and Buster Olney believes that New York is in a great position to improve their roster even more before Friday’s trade deadline.
“The Yankees are in a great position right now because there’s not something that they’re dying to have,” said Olney to Armen and Levack on 104.5 The Team.
“Their rotation is pretty deep, their bullpen is pretty deep, their lineup has been shockingly healthy. So they’re in a great spot sitting here waiting to see if there’s a team that wants to dump a contract or get a prospect. The Yankees have prospects to deal and money to spend.”
Olney believes that the Yankees will have their eyes on a closer, either Padres’ Craig Kimbrel or Reds’ Aroldis Chapman, despite second base being the biggest question mark on the team right now.
“In the market for starting pitchers and for relief pitchers, it really is a buyers market because there’s such a volume. But when it comes to second base, it’s much more of a seller’s market and I’m not sure the Yankees will ante up on that.”
As of Saturday afternoon, reports indicated that the Yankees were indeed the front-runner for Oakland Athletics 34-year old Ben Zobrist.
No matter the position, there’s a strong belief that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is going to have a hard time staying away from pulling the trigger in some manner, simply because of the fact that his team has the assets to get something done.
ESPN's Buster Olney joins Armen and Levack every Thursday at 5:15p ET on 'Your Home for Yankees Baseball', 104.5 The Team.