Yanks bound to trade, but for whom?

Updated: July 14, 2003, 9:28 AM ET
By Jim Baker
Big name bats make the headlines, but what the Yankees really need right now are set-up men for their bullpen. This is what's on the mind of general manager Brian Cashman as the team heads into the All-Star break with a two-game lead on the Boston Red Sox.

While the possibility of trading for Juan Gonzalez of the Rangers is being mentioned at every turn, most consider it a long shot in spite of Gonzalez's recent decision to change agents. Gonzalez has turned down trades to both Montreal and Los Angeles as is his right guaranteed by his contract. There is some hope that a move to New York might be possible because it will keep him in the American League and allow him the opportunity to DH on occasion.

As it stands, the Yankees are throwing a trio of players into the rightfield mix: Raul Mondesi, Karim Garcia and Ruben Sierra. Joe Torre told Tyler Kepner of the New York Times that he is happy with the three men he has manning right and thinks highly of the attack on the whole. "I think our offense is fine. I really do." New York is third in the league in runs scored behind Boston and Toronto who have surrendered 61 and 102 more runs respectively.
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