(Courtesy of the AP)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
Just a day and change away from the trade deadline, adding a bat is still the Yankees' top priority. Adding multiple bats would be an even better priority. The Yankee lineup is still terribly weak after the Alfonso Soriano trade, not nearly good enough to be competitive night in and night out. With time running out for the internal help to come back and make a real impact, and a bench full of MiL spare parts, the Yankees need to be aggressive in pursuing options to seriously improve their offense. As unrealistic as it seems given the way they've played the last 2 months, a 2.5 game Wild Card deficit is not insurmountable. With little developing on the market for Hughes and Joba, the Steinbrenners have no choice but to buy just to keep up appearances that they're trying to contend.
If the Yankees are going to have any chance of fighting for a Wild Card spot, they need a better offense. No question about that. But they could also use a turnaround from the starting rotation. Over the last 4 weeks, it has slowly devolved into the lineup's co-weakness and become just as big a hindrance to winning games as the lineup's inability to score runs.