The Major League Baseball trade rumor mill is beginning to heat up, and Gordon Edes of Yahoo! Sports has a breakdown of some of the possibilities today.
To me, there is only one real area in which the Yankees could use an upgrade. I doubt anyone would disagree that the Yankees should jump at the chance to nab a top-notch set-up man if one is available.
The outstanding River Avenue Blues took a look at some of the bullpen arms who might be available between now and July 31.
To me, again, there is really only one pitcher to target who makes any sense. If the Yanks are going to make a move, I think Colorado closer Huston Street is clearly their best option. Houston's Jose Valverde might also be available, but it would seem like a no-brainer that Street is the better choice.
Street, just 25, is seven years younger than Valverde and could be looked at as much more than a stop-gap 8th inning guy. He has been, and is, an excellent closer and could one day be the guy to take the reins of the Yankee 9th inning from Mariano Rivera. No way I'd trust Valverde with that. It also doesn't hurt that the Rockies are terrible and appear headed toward a massive selloff.
Street also has the added advantage of having been successful -- very successful -- navigating the tougher lineups in the American League. That factor can't be discounted, as the Yankees have found out the hard way over the years.
NOTE: Later this week, I will take a look at possible Yankee trade chips.
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