While other teams bolstering their rosters to make postseason pushes, the Yankees remained stagnant except for a lone minor-league deal with the Rockies.
The Yankees announced that they acquired LHP Alfredo Garcia in exchange for RHP Joseph Harvey before the deadline on Wednesday.
GM Brian Cashman couldn't secure a deal to upgrade their rotation. Meanwhile, the Astros acquired Zack Greinke, the Mets acquired Marcus Stroman, and teams like the Braves and Nationals upgraded their bullpens.
Potential targets like Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray and Giants' Madison Bumgarner stayed put with their current teams. Arizona wanted too much from the Yankees for Ray, including Clint Frazier and Clarke Schmidt -- one of their top pitching prospects. Also, SNY's Andy Martino said the team was "not hopeful" that Zack Wheeler would find his way to the Bronx, as the Mets appeared reluctant to make a deal.
Zack Greinke on his way out of Yankee Stadium after being traded to the Astros. pic.twitter.com/TLKALRZDJk- SNY (@SNYtv) July 31, 2019
In turn, the Yankees find themselves banking on the current group they have. And it doesn't help that the rotation, which has been the worst in baseball based off ERA since the All-Star break, is struggling at the moment. Maybe Dellin Betances and Luis Severino come back and give the team solid innings to help. Maybe Deivi Garcia makes the leap to the Bigs, and provides some depth.
But, as of now, it's not a good look that the Yankees fumbled hard on the trade deadline.