Aaron Boone on WFAN: 'Sometimes The Best Moves Are The Ones You Don't Make'


It’s no secret that the New York Yankees had an underwhelming trade deadline.

Zack Greinke went to the AL West-leading Astros. Marcus Stroman's trade to the Mets and Cincinnati’s acquisition of Trevor Bauer highlighted possible trade candidates that were dealt leading into Wednesday afternoon. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was hesitant to part ways with top prospect Deivi Garcia, choosing to rely on his current rotation.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone joined Evan Roberts and John Jastremski 25 hours since the deadline passed to talk about the lack of blockbuster moves … and why it’s not necessarily a negative thing.

“The days leading up to the deadline I knew that there was a lot of -- I guess there was some pessimism as to having the ability to get something done just based on what other clubs were asking for. But I'll put my two cents in here and there, but buying large I kind of stayed out of it. I obviously have complete faith and trust in Cash and their staff and know that they're going to do what's best for our club. Not only right now, and I know Cash is relentless at trying to always make us better.

“But I also know they're going to be smart in the deals they make and nothing came across their desk that met that requirement. I truly believe sometimes the best moves are the ones you don't make.”

The Yankees were rumored to be involved in trade talks with the Mets about Zack Wheeler and the Diamondbacks about Robbie Ray. Arizona reportedly sought Clint Frazier and a handful of prospects from the Yankees in exchange for Ray. 

Boone remains focused on those still in Pinstripes. He's hopeful that DJ LeMahieu will return for the team's series against the Boston Red Sox. LeMahieu leads the American League with a .332 batting average and is 8th in RBI. He missed the last four games with a groin injury, while the Yankees lost four of their last six games.

"I'm expecting him in the lineup on Friday," Boone said. "I really kind of feel like the last two days, he probably could've played ... Obviously he's so important to us, and I think we've seen it with him out just how important he is. I just didn't want this to be something that we rushed back a little bit."

With LeMahieu's return around the corner, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances aren't as close to being able to return to the Yankees.

"Sevy's closer to probably getting up on a mound. Although, they're fairly close to one another. They're both playing long toss now. I think Sevy will be on the mound later this week or early next week. Dellin shortly after that," Boone said. "But then you're talking about getting a reliever ready and getting a guy in Sevy ready, who obviously has to be built up and how far we can get him built up remains to be seen. So hopefully they're on a similar timeline."