After acquiring LHP Zach Britton to boost the bullpen and LHP J.A. Happ to tighten the rotation, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman might not be done yet.
The Yankees enter play Thursday night 5.5 games back of the Red Sox for the AL East lead and definitely were in need of reinforcements. But there may be more help on the way. Over the next few days, Cashman hasn't ruled out the possibility for more movement.
"Time will tell (if we're done making deals)," Cashman said. "We are definitely as active as everybody is."
According to Jon Heyman of FanCred, the Yankees are interested in Twins RHP Ervin Santana as well. The report also says the team has kept tabs on fellow Twins starters Jake Odorizzi and Lance Lynn. Perhaps acquiring Happ could render a deal for one of the Twins' starters superfluous, but it's worth keeping an eye on.
Santana, 35, recently made his 2018 debut after missing roughly six months due to finger surgery. He had a 3.28 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 167 strikeouts in 211.1 innings in 2017.
The numbers aren't too dissimilar from Happ's, despite a fall in form recently from the southpaw. Happ, 35, has a 4.18 ERA in 114 IP with 130 K and a 1.18 WHIP this season. His ERA sat at 3.48 as recently as mid-June before a handful of forgettable starts.
Regardless, Happ is an improvement that will certainly make the Yankees better. Cashman, echoing words that would make the late George Steinbrenner proud, understands the job requires risks.
"You have to push some chips in the middle of the table if you want to play the game," Cashman said.
Maybe the Yankees have enough chips for one more big hand.