To sell or not to sell, that is the question surrounding the Yankees. But one that general manager Brian Cashman said won’t be answered for a while.
“Between now and July 31,” Cashman said of his time frame. “If anything, right now we’d be buyers, not sellers. And who’s to say we can’t be both?”
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The Yankees are 34-36, six games behind first-place Baltimore and four games back in the wild-card race. It is hardly an insurmountable hole, but the Yankees haven’t shown themselves to be more than an average team, and sometimes below average.
So naturally there have been plenty of opinions offered, many of them saying the Yankees should accept who they are and try to stock their farm system with whatever they can get for tradeable commodities such as Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran.
“That’s not part of the vocabulary right now,” Cashman said of being a seller.
Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, at an appearance Monday night, didn’t rule out that possibility but mainly focused on the positives he’s seen in recent weeks.
“I hope this team declares itself in such a way, one way or the other, that is pretty damn obvious,” Cashman said. “We’re not blind but we also have to remain objective and recognize some players are capable of a lot more and there’s some time for them to prove that. If not, there will be some interesting discussions to have internally and decisions will have to be made.”
Jacoby Ellsbury was held out of the lineup because of a stomach virus. “He has not been able to keep anything down today,” Joe Girardi said.
The hope is Ellsbury, scheduled to be evaluated Tuesday night, can return Wednesday afternoon.
Parmelee pain free
First baseman Chris Parmelee, on the disabled list since June 10 with a right hamstring strain, said he hasn’t felt pain in “about six days,” a good first step to returning. Still, he’s only been doing work on a treadmill and hasn’t been given a timeline for when he might start baseball activities.
The Yankees and Rockies honored victims of the mass shooting in Orlando before the game. The teams lined up along the baselines as Girardi and Rockies manager Walt Weiss laid a rainbow wreath at home plate in memoriam.