How Yankees Can Fix Most Crucial Problems

How Yankees Can Fix Most Crucial Problems

Despite their laundry list of injuries, the Yankees remain right in the thick of the playoff race at 46-39. They're six games back in the AL East and just 1½ games back of the Orioles for the second wild-card spot, and those two teams meet for three games in the Bronx this weekend.

The Yankees typically handle all of their roster-building business in the offseason -- their last significant trade-deadline pickup was Bobby Abreu way back in 2006. They tend to tinker and seek out marginal upgrades at the deadline rather than a cornerstone piece. That might change this year due to the injuries, however.

As GM Brian Cashman has shown in recent weeks, he's willing to make even the tiniest of moves if it improves his team. For example, the Yankees went from Reid Brignac to Alberto Gonzalez to Luis Cruz at shortstop in the past two weeks or so. Cashman might have to seek out more significant upgrades this month, and at several key positions. Here's a look at their needs and some potential trade-deadline targets.

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