The Yankees need starting pitching, and owner Hal Steinbrenner has made that clear recently. But just how far will he go to push his team to the top of the contenders list in October?
Staying under the $197 million luxury tax threshold has been the Yankees' mission this season, and it has worked. And Steinbrenner added that there is some spending money if the Yankees need to use it on an asset by the trade deadline.
"I would have to see where we are, who the person is, how badly that position needs help, so to speak, but I will say,d we have a considerable amount of money to spend and I'm not adverse to spending it," Steinbrenner told YES Network's Meredith Marakovits. "A considerable amount even staying under (the threshold). We've got some options there, flexibility."
The Yankees don't have their hearts set on one pitcher as the trade market starts to reveal itself, but they certainly have the assets to make a deal happen. A boatload of prospects sit in the Yankees' farm system, and teams are fully aware of that.
Though Steinbrenner never wants to depart from his young talent, he knows what must be done to get that World Series title in the end.
"But there's no doubt that I have always been slightly adverse to letting these young players go. But we've done it," he said. "You've got to do it. We're just fortunate enough to have a rich, robust farm system to do it from. We'll look at all options and nothing's a no and nothing's a yes right now. We've got some time but it's not an easy thing to do."
Some of those options don't include Gleyber Torres, who is likely the one off limits player the Yankees can offer. But players like Clint Frazier -- who could easily be an everyday player for a different team -- in the mix, the Yankees have some top talent to place in deals.
But, with the Yankees continuing to win games despite their rotation woes, Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman will be patient in their pitcher pursuit.
"I think we've done well," he said. "We've had some key injuries. Obviously, (Masahiro) Tanaka missed a month. (Jordan) Montgomery out for the year. But the team keeps winning, keeps producing runs. The young kids keep coming up and contributing and helping out. Obviously, we're right there, tied atop the division. It's a two-man fight right now, so to speak, and no one else around. It's going to be an interesting deal."