Carlos Ruiz: OK, this one’s a little more far fetched, but hear me out. The Phillies seem to be in sell mode, and the Yankees could definitely use a catcher. Ruiz has been incredible this season for the Phils, as he’s hitting .342/.407/.569 on the year. The Yanks would likely have to give up a top prospect or two (Think Mason Williams or Manny Banuelos) to acquire the services of Ruiz, though it’s definitely worth it. Ruiz would be the primary catcher in place of Russell Martin, and that would be pretty nice. This trade likely won’t happen, but we’ve seen stranger things before, right?
Ty Wigginton: The Phillies are clearly in sell mode. Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, and Juan Pierre have all been linked in the rumor winds over the past several days, and you can add Wigginton to that list. The Yankees could sure as hell use a third baseman with ARod out for the foreseeable future. Wigginton isn’t that great (hitting .230/.300/.366 on the season), but he’s versatile and the Yanks could get him for table scraps. He would likely replace Jayson Nix, though that would be basically a lateral move as far as I’m concerned. I don’t know, I may be splitting hairs, but I have a feeling Wigginton would work out in the Bronx.
Edinson Volquez: Though most believe the Yankees need a starting pitcher due to Andy Pettitte’s recent setback, I’m on the other side of that fence. For now, I think the Yankees’ rotation is fine, though if there’s an upgrade out there the Yanks should at least look into the situation. Edinson Volquez is quietly resurrecting his career out in San Diego, posting a 3.30 ERA and strong home run (0.6 HR/9) and strikeout (8.2 K/9) rates, though he leads the National League in walks allowed (73), which is definitely a cause for concern.
--Jesse Schindler, BYB Lead Staff Writer
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