Isiah Kiner-Falefa saw the trade deadline last year as an important marker on the season. The infielder had made his name heard in a few rumors throughout the years and propelled himself to be marketable. When the deadline came and passed, while he remained a ranger, seeing teammate contenders face-to-face, Kinner-Falefa said it was a sort of lethargy.
“I felt like the postseason was the deadline for me to trade. I’ve used as much energy in that first half to make the all-star team, knowing we weren’t going to go into the post season. So you go to individual games. Looking at more. And then you’re trying to put yourself in a better position to go into the postseason to win, so I was trying really hard,” Kiner-Falefa said. “And after that, it’s like you’re playing out for the season… I don’t know what exactly you’re playing for. And you’re just going through the motions.
And I think this year, it’s very refreshing. So refreshing, because it’s like this, how can we improve and how can we get better,” Kiner-Falefa said. “Who’s going to join the clubhouse? So I think the change of emotions is very refreshing and it’s almost like a second shot of energy for the second half.”
The Yankees Front Office Has a Day to Reform This 2022 Club, MLB Trade Deadline is Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The Bombers go into Monday night’s series opener against the Mariners with the best records in the American League and division, all but victories. Already, one of the bombers made a move to bring Andrew Benintendi and the bat to his left. They are chasing after pitching: pitching and launching weapons to improve the bullpen.
The Bombers have been on AK’s Frankie Montas and Paul Blackburn. Among relievers on the market, Bombers have a history with David Robertson (good and bad) and have shown interest in Michael Fulmer in the past.
Ironically, the pitcher they came after most aggressive will be at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, but Luis Castillo will be pitching for the Mariners, not the pinstripe.
While the Yankees front office works to try to position this team to end a more than decade-long World Series drought, players hear thunder. On this side of the game, the buyers’ clubhouse, moves can be activated.
The Yankees were flying from Tampa to Miami last year when news reached the players that they had acquired Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs. According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, there was a great deal of excitement throughout the plane.
“I think it’s just for an energy boost,” said DJ Lemheu. “I know we were all very excited when we found out about Rizzo and Joey (Gallo) last year. I just gave us the kind of energy that you need at this point in the season.”
Jose Trevino, who was on the other side of the deadline with Rangers last season with Isiah Kiner-Falefa, said he tries not to follow the rumors flying around this time of year.
“Whatever happens, but anyone who can help us win more ball games is helpful,” Trevino said.
But like Kiner-Falefa, he remembers seeing teammates like Gallo and Jolie Rodriguez.
“It’s hard to see some peers leave. Some people you’ve had relationships with over the years, but it’s a business,” Trevino said. “Plus, you’re happy to see guys get a chance to make the playoffs, maybe win the World Series.”
This year, Kinner-Falefa have a lot to play for after the deadline.
“I’m excited to play postseason baseball for the Yankees. Being a big fan, and having been there all those years, I can’t wait to feel it. The closest I’ve come to something like a postseason game , was playing in the Subway series. I’m not glad we lost, but those two days were the most fun I’ve ever had playing baseball. It was loud and the fans were in. So I can’t wait any longer, Because I really enjoy those moments.”