Girardi prepared for no deals as Deadline nears

Girardi prepared for no deals as Deadline nears

Girardi prepared for no deals as Deadline nears
NEW YORK -- As the Yankees continue to monitor the pitching market approaching the Trade Deadline, manager Joe Girardi seems prepared to pursue a championship with the group that he has.

The Yankees would love to add another arm in the rotation or the bullpen before 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, but nothing appears imminent, and Girardi offered a vote of confidence for his club as currently comprised.

"We've gotten to where we are with the guys in this room; that's the bottom line," Girardi said. "No, we're not in first place, but I believe we have the second-best record in the American League, and one of the better records in baseball."

New York entered play on Saturday 19 games over .500 at 61-42, 2 1/2 games behind the Red Sox for the AL East lead. Only Boston (64-40, .615) and the Phillies (66-39, .629) had higher winning percentages than the Bombers' .592.

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They have shown some level of interest in the cast of starting pitchers being bandied about, including the Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez, the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda and the Astros' Wandy Rodriguez, but general manager Brian Cashman has been publicly pessimistic of a deal being struck, not interested in parting with several high-level prospects.

Instead, Cashman has said that the Yankees will be hard-pressed to improve upon the additions they have made recently from their own disabled list. New York has restored Bartolo Colon, Phil Hughes, Eric Chavez and Rafael Soriano to the active roster, with Alex Rodriguez expected to be a couple of weeks behind them.

"This team has played very well with the guys that we have in this room," Girardi said. "Have we gotten big contributions from players we didn't necessarily expect? Yes, we have. But as far as trades, as I always talk about, my job is to manage the guys in that room and get the best out of them. And there's a lot of talent in that room."

Girardi said that he has been impressed by the resilience of the bullpen, which lost key contributors in Joba Chamberlain -- out for the year following Tommy John surgery -- as well as Soriano for two months, but has filled in without skipping much of a beat.

"The big thing for this club is staying healthy," Girardi said. "We've had some injuries that we've had to deal with, and we've lost a lot of guys in our bullpen. Guys have stepped up. If guys keep stepping up like they've been, we should be OK."