Yankees Prioritizing Bench, Bullpen Help

ESPN's Buster Olney tweets the Yankees' trade deadline priorities:

"Even in the aftermath of Andy Pettitte's injury, the Yankees' focus is not on adding a starting pitcher; rather, the clear priority is improving the bench, and in order of importance, adding a reliever is priority No. 2."

On the bullpen front, the Yankees have been very loosely connected to five righties in recent weeks: Michael Wuertz, Leo Nunez, Joakim Soria, Kevin Gregg, and Jason Isringhausen.  Gregg is the most viable option there, but it's likely the Yanks have inquired on a few more of these potentially available relieversOlney tweets that one talent evaluator feels the trade market for relievers is "absolutely terrible."

The Yankees signed Chad Tracy to a minor league deal, and have also been connected to Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton as possible bench bats.  The market features plenty more, like perhaps Willie Bloomquist, Russell Branyan, Adam Kennedy, Willie Harris, Xavier Nady, Jason Michaels, Craig Counsell, Jim Edmonds, Bobby Crosby, Andy LaRoche, Austin Kearns, Hank Blalock, and Augie Ojeda.  All of those names are speculation on my part.


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