Yankees GM Brian Cashman suggested that outfielder Aaron Judge is not on the cusp of a promotion despite his recent hot streak, as ESPN.com’s Andrew Marchand reports. As Jason Martinez of MLBTR/MLBDepthCharts wrote just yesterday, Judge has improved both his plate discipline and his power of late. While Cashman said that the young slugger has been impressive at Triple-A, he left Marchand with the impression that Judge’s time has yet to come.
Here’s more from the AL East:
- Rays GM Matthew Silverman says that he’s not yet ready to throw in the towel this year despite sitting 13 games out of the AL East lead, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The executive did note that he is “very dissatisfied” with the club’s performance thus far, however, and certainly did not rule out a sell-off over the coming weeks. “There’s going to be time to cross that bridge when we come to it,” he said. “Right now, there’s a lot of baseball to be played between now and the deadline. There’s a lot of grit in this clubhouse. We’re going to support that club and see if we can turn this thing around.” A run of success can always change perceptions in relatively short order, but the trouble for Tampa Bay is that it needs to climb over four other teams — all of which could well be willing and able to add pieces at the deadline.
- If and when the Rays do move assets, it’s likely they won’t send them to any of the four other teams in the division, Silverman tells Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. Tampa Bay’s top baseball decisionmaker acknowledged that he has at least some bias against intra-division swaps. “Personally, we’d prefer not to,” he said. “It’s a lot less fun to have to sit there and watch a player 19 times a year, but at the same time, we can’t cut off all avenues. We have to be open, but if the return is about the same, I would give the nod away from the division.”
- The Red Sox have an increasing number of holes to address, writes Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. With varying degrees of need in the rotation and pen, out in left field and behind the plate, Boston faces a complicated deadline. Speier notes that the Craig Kimbrel deal cost the club several very useful pieces of trade bait, leaving the organization with a tough call on how willing it is to deal from its group of highly-touted top prospects.