Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner knows what the rest of us do about the Yankees: They need starting pitching.
The rotation was a question to begin the year, and it certainly didn't help when the injury bug found its way to it. Jordan Montgomery had to undergo Tommy John surgery last week, and most recently, Masahiro Tanaka was lost to injured hamstrings after tagging up on a fly ball during the series with the Mets this past weekend.
There needs to be more depth in the rotation, and Steinbrenner admitted Wednesday that the team has money to go out and get someone by the trade deadline.
"I think there's definitely a need, it's definitely one of the areas we're going to be looking at," Steinbrenn told the Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "We've got some flexibility payroll wise, as you know. The question is what's going to be available and what are the asks."
The Yankees have been diligent in staying under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold this season, and Steinbrenner said the wiggle room they have to acquire an additional starter was premeditated before the season began.
"We purposely left a decent amount of money just for this," Steinbrenner said.
The Yankees may have the money, but what other teams will be looking for is their myriad of young talent in their farm system. Players like Justus Sheffield, Clint Frazier, Estevan Florial, and many others could be on the trading block depending on who the Yankees want to acquire.
However, Cashman has been hesitant in giving away his prospects. For example, this past offseason, the Yankees went after RHP Gerrit Cole to add to their rotation. The Pirates reportedly wanted Gleyber Torres and Frazier, which turned Cashman off. Cole is having a great year with the Astros, but Torres has been one of the most exciting rookies this season as well.
Steinbrenner knows Cashman will be cautious with New York's top prospects when looking for a new pitcher due to how the fans have embraced players like Torres.
"I love the young guys, our fans love the young guys, and I think it's obvious that they've made a heck of an impact," Steinbrenner said. "And to see Gleyber (Torres) and (Miguel) Andujar and others right off the heels of (Aaron) Judge and (Gary) Sanchez and (Luis) Severino, I mean it's pretty amazing and our fans are really enjoying watching them play and so am I."
The Yankees are already on the lookout for someone they could pounce on before the rest of the MLB joins in before the deadline. In the meantime, Double-A prospect Jonathan Loaisiga will get his major league debut on Thursday against the Rays to fill in for Tanaka.
"Theoretically, that would be great," Steinbrenner said when asked if he wanted to get a starter now rather than later. "But you know as well as I do that the asks would be pretty high. So let's see about Loaisiga. I think [Domingo] German has fit in nicely. We've got Sheffield, Chance Adams. This kid (Erik) Swanson that we got in the Texas trade we just brought up to Triple-A. So we've got some options for August and September.
"But again, we're going to look at anything that comes across our desk."