TORONTO -- This is the time of year when many will rabidly refresh their news feeds, hunting morsels of information regarding acquisitions their favorite team could make in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.Aaron Judge isn't among them."I don't really pay attention to it much until it actually
TORONTO -- This is the time of year when many will rabidly refresh their news feeds, hunting morsels of information regarding acquisitions their favorite team could make in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Aaron Judge isn't among them.
"I don't really pay attention to it much until it actually happens," Judge said. "There's always so much speculation about who we're going to get, who we're going to trade, what's going to happen. We've still got a job to do on the field."
Judge's Yankees are expected to be among the most active teams through the end of the month, with general manager Brian Cashman having stated his desire to upgrade the rotation, something he has been attempting to do -- without success -- since the offseason.
"I've had GMs tell me, 'If you give me what I want, I'll do the deal right now,'" Cashman said recently. "But what they want, I don't want to give them."
The Yankees enjoyed an unintentional showcase of the Blue Jays' J.A. Happ in Saturday's 8-5 win, knocking the left-hander out after 2 2/3 innings.
The Bombers have also been connected to the Tigers' Michael Fulmer, the Rangers' Cole Hamels and the Padres' Tyson Ross.
Bullpen help is also a possibility, with the Orioles' Zach Britton and the Padres' Brad Hand thought to be on Cashman's short list. The Yankees have also been scouting Royals infielder Mike Moustakas this weekend, but Judge said that the players in the clubhouse are keeping their blinders on.
"We've still got to win ballgames and do our jobs," he said. "We've got to focus on that first. We're not getting paid enough to worry about who's making those decisions. We'll just stick to what we do, which is play the game."
One day after they exited with injuries, Albertin Chapman and Aaron Hicks were both considered available to play in Sunday's series finale, according to manager Aaron Boone. Chapman told Boone that his tender left knee "feels better," though it is something the Yankees will continue to watch.
"I think this is something that he'll likely deal with most of the year, and something that from a maintenance standpoint they'll stay on top of," Boone said. "I think we dive in enough to try our best to get that honest feedback, and trying to understand when we need to protect guys and stay away from guys."
Hicks, who experienced cramping and tightness in his left leg, is expected to play in Monday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
• Boone said that the Yankees could be headed for a platoon at second base, with Brandon Drury and Neil Walker sharing duties while Gleyber Torres recovers from a strained right hip. Drury made the start at second base on Sunday.
This date in Yankees history
July 8, 2000: The Yankees and the Mets played the first two-stadium split doubleheader in nearly 100 years, with the Yankees taking both games by scores of 4-2. Dwight Gooden picked up the win in the day game at Shea Stadium, and Roger Clemens logged the win in the Bronx nightcap, a game remembered for a pitch that drilled Mike Piazza in the batting helmet in the second inning.
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