The bullpen (Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson) and half of New York's corner-infield needs (third baseman Todd Frazier) were addressed with last week's aforementioned trade with the White Sox. But bigger issues remain. First, the Yankees must consider how to fix a rotation that’s been weakened by Masahiro Tanaka’s inconsistency and the loss of Michael Pineda to Tommy John surgery.
More broadly, GM Brian Cashman has been building this team for the long haul. That means that while trading a toolsy-but-yet-to-perform prospect like outfielder Blake Rutherford to Chicago for short-term help may have made sense, digging deeper into the team’s stockpile of young talent to reel in, say, a top starting pitcher might not be in the cards. Especially if it means weakening a team that can’t help but daydream about Aaron Judge and Bryce Harper batting back-to-back in the same lineup two years from now.