Yankees’ Aaron Boone expects ‘crazy 48 hours’ before deadline

Late Sunday afternoon, Aaron Boone predicted “a crazy 48 hours in the baseball world” before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

But the manager paused before including the Yankees in that prediction or going to bat for any specific need, insisting the Yankees already have “a very complete team.”

“We’ve been one of the best teams, if not the best team in the league and we will continue to be no matter what happens over the next 48 hours,” Boone said after the Yankees fell to the Royals. 8-6. “That’s where I focus.”

Despite the loss, the Yankees still finished Sunday as MLB’s winningest team this season. But their hot start has lost some steam lately, with their rotation and bullpen both emerging as areas the front office will look to address by Tuesday.

The Yankees filled another need last week when they acquired Andrew Benintendi from the Royals. The batting left-handed outfielder went 1-for-10 with six walks and one stolen base in his first series as a Yankee, but more reinforcements could be on the way by Tuesday.

“You can always be better – I would say for every facet of the game,” Boone said. “There are always places you can go to gradually improve. That being said, I feel like we’re a complete team and we relied on whether it’s starters, relievers, defense, base running, power, whatever that is. We feel that all of this has been a strength overall for us. If we end up strengthening them a bit more, so much the better. If not, we have a job to do.

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Giancarlo Stanton is expected to return to baseball action early this week for the first time since going on the injured list with left Achilles tendinitis on July 26.

“I would say probably in the next couple of days he’ll start, whether it’s throwing and probably doing some work off the tees and upper body, hitting and stuff like that,” Boone said. “Just talk to him briefly [Saturday], he is definitely encouraged by the last few days. In recent days he has noticed an improvement and I think [they] moved the needle as he would have hoped. Hopefully that starts to pick up speed this week.

DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his second long ball in as many games. He’s now hit base multiple times in 17 of his last 20 games, a streak in which he’s hitting .345 with .939 OPS. … Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, improving to .337/.432/.851 in his 29 starts.

Zack Britton is set to face live hitters for the first time this week as he continues his rehabilitation after surgery at the UCL last September in hopes of pitching at some point this season.

“We continue to be encouraged, but what all of this means, we’ll wait and see,” Boone said.

Luis Severino (low-grade right side strain) will start a pitching program on Monday.

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