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What should the Yankees focus on at the trade deadline?

The Yankees will target starting pitchers at this year's trade deadline, but they probably shouldn't.

Mike Stobe

With the MLB trade deadline looming, Brian Cashman has made it clear that he's ready to make some noise this year. That might be music to most fans' ears considering his only activity at last year's deadline was snagging Alfonso Soriano. However, Cashman's number one priority seems to be getting some help for the starting rotation. Based on how the Yankees have performed this year, he might have his priorities a little out of whack. Data courtesy of Fangraphs, through Thursday night's games.

2014 Yankees 102 92 -3.0
MLB Rank 14th 19th 23rd

The Yankees pitching staff has actually been above-average while their bats and gloves have continued to falter. If anything, Cashman should be scrambling to find offensive reinforcements to help a lineup that struggles to support it's solid pitching night in and night out. It wouldn't hurt if they were a good fielder too. Earlier this week, our very own John Beck was on the right track.

What if that ERA+ value is misleading, though? David Robertson has been his usual dominant self, Adam Warren has found his comfort zone in the bullpen, and Dellin Betances is proving to be otherworldly as a setup man. They could be skewing that number downward, making the rotation look better.

Starters Starter MLB
Relievers Reliever MLB
ERA+ 100 13th 105 16th

As good as those relievers have been, the table above indicates that the starting rotation has gotten the job done and held its own. Even if it hasn't been perfect, it might be the least of the Yankees' worries heading into the second half of the season. Added run support might even boost their confidence a bit if they can get it.

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