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A year after being one of the more active sellers at the trade deadline, the New York Yankees are back in a familiar scenario: looking to add pieces for a postseason push. They’ve already pulled off one major move but are far from done wheeling and dealing.
The acquisition of third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson on July 19 addressed only some of the Yankees’ needs as they prepare for the stretch run in both the American League East and wild-card races.
Where else do they need to upgrade, and which options are on their radar? What will it take to make that happen, and what is the likelihood they’ll be able to make a deal before the July 31 deadline? Follow along as we outline the Yankees’ trade picture.
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A position that for so long was one of consistent strength for the Yankees, production at first base has been on a steady downward trend for a few years and has bottomed out in 2017 with no real long-term option on the active roster. In fact, most of the games played at that position are by guys either no longer with the team (Chris Carter) or injured (Greg Bird) without a return to action anytime soon.
Collectively, the Yankees have used 11 different players at first with nine making at least two starts. That group has combined to hit .216 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI and a paltry .703 OPS. Compare that to 2015, when the first basemen hit 43 homers with 116 RBI and an .852 OPS, all team highs.
As it stands, the Yankees are going with Chase Headley and recent pickup Garrett Cooper at first though the newly acquired Todd Frazier has played 95 career games at the position including a few this season for the Chicago White Sox. Adding an everyday first…