As of 4 PM Eastern, the non-waiver trade deadline has passed. Yankees fans who were waiting for Brian Cashman to make a surprise move on the final day may be disappointed. Although rumors circulated connecting the team to numerous outfielders (including Andrew McCutchen, Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson, and Cameron Maybin), the Yankees failed to do anything today.
There’s still time to make moves, of course. The team just has to go through waivers to get it done. Here’s a good primer on what a waiver trade entails. Last summer featured several notable August trades, including a ground-shaking move sending Justin Verlander to the Astros.
The fact that the Yankees didn’t grab a backup outfielder or add another bat could indicate that Aaron Judge isn’t as far away as was originally thought. They’ve been without their star hitter since he suffered a bone chip fracture last Thursday. It also suggests that Clint Frazier could find himself back in the lineup sooner than expected. That would be pretty great.
Cashman will of course keep tabs on situations as they arise. For now, the Yankees made upgrades, kept all of their top prospects, and had a quiet deadline day. Pinstripe Alley will have a full recap of all the team’s moves tomorrow morning. In the meantime, you can read up on all the action here.