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Yankees Trade Rumors: Cashman Says Yankees Already 'Championship-Caliber'

Calling his team “championship-caliber as it sits,” New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is playing the ‘we might not do anything’ card as the MLB Trade Deadline approaches.

“I’m going to be hard-pressed to find anything better than getting Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes off the disabled list,” the Yankees GM said at a Hope Week charity event on Staten Island. “I can’t imagine I’m going to run into anything but you’ve still got to go through the motions.”

Umm … yeah, sure Brian. We have heard this song and dance from you before and we know enough not to pay attention to it. Cashman has to know that the Yankees need another front-of-the-rotation starter to have a chance to make serious noise in Octobert.

Cashman rarely makes it sound like he needs to make a deal — he knows as soon as he sounds needy the price goes up. Still, the Yankees have constantly been linked to starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (Dodgers) and Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies).

Speaking of the trade deadline, Chad Jennings wonders if the Yankees have already missed the boat by not getting any of the players who have already been traded.