Ever since Alex Rodriguez crumpled to the ground after getting hit on his left hand with a Felix Hernandez change-up on Tuesday, speculation began as to what the Yankees response would be. Sit tight? Obtain some veteran depth? Acquire a difference maker?
While Brian Cashman has thus far stayed the course (AKA rolling the dice with Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix), his past trade history has shown an ability to pull the trigger on substantial deadline deals.
Since taking over as Yankees GM in 1998, Cashman has made 23 trades within a week of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. He didn't complete any trades in that time frame in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2001. Here's a rundown of the trades, with players to be named later identified where possible:
7/31/1999 – Geraldo Padua to the Padres for Jim Leyritz
7/30/2001 – Traded Brett Jodie and Darren Blakely to the Padres for Sterling Hitchcock
7/29/2003 – Dan Miceli to the Astros for a player to be named later.
7/29/2003 – Raul Mondesi and cash to the Diamondbacks for David Dellucci, Bret Prinz and John Prowl.
7/31/2003 – PTBNL to the Reds for Gabe White
7/31/2003 – Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and cash to the Reds for Aaron Boone
7/31/2003 – Robin Ventura to the Dodgers for Bubba Crosby and Scott Proctor
7/31/2004 – Jose Contreras and cash to the White Sox for Estaban Loaiza
7/28/2005 – Ramon Ramirez and Eduardo Sierra to the Rockies for Shawn Chacon
7/29/2005 – PTBNL to the Dodgers for Joe Thurston
7/31/2005 – Buddy Groom to the Diamondbacks for PTBNL
7/26/2006 – Hector Made to the Phillies for Sal Fasano
7/30/2006– C.J. Henry, Matt Smith, Jesus Sanchez and Carlos Monasterios to the Phillies for Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle
7/31/2006 – Shawn Chacon to the Pirates for Craig Wilson
7/31/2007 – Scott Proctor to the Dodgers for Wilson Betemit
7/26/2008 – Jeff Karstens, Daniel Mcutchen, Ross Ohlendorf and Jose Tabata to the Pirates for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte
7/30/2008 – Kyle Farnsworth to the Tigers for Ivan Rodriguez
7/30/2008 – LaTroy Hawkins to the Astros for Matt Cusick
7/31/2008 – Alberto Gonzalez to the Nationals for Jhonny Nunez
7/31/2009 – Chase Weems to the Reds for Jerry Hairston Jr.
7/31/2010 – PTBNL (Zach McAllister) to the Indians for Austin Kearns
7/31/2010 – PTBNL (Andrew Shive and Matt Cusick) to the Indians for Kerry Wood
7/31/2010 – Jimmy Paredes and Mark Melancon to the Astros for Lance Berkman