BALTIMORE — Brian Cashman was at Camden Yards Friday night, “working the phone” before the MLB trade deadline on Aug. 2 when Yankees reliever Michael King made an abrupt exit from the mound.
On Saturday, the club confirmed that the right-hander’s injury ends the season.
Having suffered a fractured right elbow while throwing a slider, King was sent back to New York for an MRI and CT scan to determine if there was ligament damage.
“King’s loss is a big loss,” Cashman said Saturday. “He was a very important member of our ‘feather’.
Whether that loss puts the Yankees more heavily in the reliever market, well, the GM wouldn’t go there.
“I like anything that will help improve this roster,” Cashman said before Saturday night’s game against the Orioles.
“I’m not going to point out where, but I’m certainly up for the challenge of finding ways to improve what we have, in all aspects.”
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To exchange ideas
Over the next week and the change, “hopefully we can find things that can help us,” Cashman said of making deals. “We have a good team, although the formation is changing a bit at the moment due to recent injuries.”
In the bullpen, two key setup men in King and Chad Green (Tommy John surgery) are lost for the year, while Luis Severino (low-grade lat strain) is out of the rotation.
“In theory, we have fewer offenses than maybe previous years,” Cashman said, with a nod to MLB’s best record. “But my job is to find ways to improve the club, so we are working on that.”
Obviously, the Yankees are looking for reinforcements in the rotation, bullpen and outfield — likely a left-handed hitter who can handle center field.
Tyler Naquin, Ian Happ and Andrew Benintendi remain potential outfield targets, and there’s a unique opportunity to make a bold play for young Washington superstar Juan Soto, with two years in control beyond 2022.
But the ability to improve the rotation with a front-row starter could be the priority, with Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo topping the list.
Understandably, Cashman wasn’t specific about the club’s areas of exploration, and he wouldn’t identify if any of his top prospects were untouchable.
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Calculation of costs, needs
A deal for Castillo, under the team’s control through 2023, would likely start with two of the Yankees’ top five prospects, although two of them – Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez – have appeared barred from inclusion in a deal. such agreement with the Reds.
And that invites the Astros or Dodgers to put together a more attractive trade package for Castillo.
In the reliever market, ex-Yankee David Robertson, 37, posted a 1.93 ERA in 33 games with the Chicago Cubs, and teammate Mychal Givens has a 2.92 ERA and good rate. strikeout.
Immediately after King’s injury, the Yankees recalled right-hander Clarke Schmidt and called up veteran right-hander Shane Greene from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Class AAA.
“I’ve watched this team from afar and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” said Greene, a 2019 All-Star originally drafted by the Yankees and released by the Dodgers earlier this year.
Schmidt could be here for just one day as Toms River right-hander Ron Marinaccio is set to leave IL and should be available to kick on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are trying to get Jonathan Loaisiga back on track, and veteran left-hander Zack Britton (rehab, Tommy John surgery) could return to the bullpen in September.
Until then, “if I can get my hands on it, if it looks better than what we already have, (I’ll try) to move forward,” Cashman said, speaking generally of any updates. level via trade.