Sold? That’s right. Sold. The New York Yankees, a team that “never quits” according to Hal Steinbrenner, did just that on Monday after dealing Carlos Beltran and Ivan Nova; coming on the heels of selling two of the team’s best relievers in Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. Despite all of the selling, the team still managed to defeat their cross-town rival New York Mets 5-4 in a 10-inning contest. Adam Warren, who was acquired in the Chapman deal from the Cubs, picked up his first victory of the season for the Yankees, going two innings and allowing no runs with a walk and a strikeout. With all of that being said, the Yankees sit just five and a half games out of the wild card spot.
What does this mean? Well, the Yankees now boast arguably one of the best farm systems in all of baseball. Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Dillon Tate, Erik Swanson, Nick Green, Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen are all the prospects that the Yankees received in the deadline trades. Now, General Manager Brian Cashman has set up success for the future. With minor leaguers Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Jorge Mateo already budding, Cashman’s goal of freeing deadweight veterans to acquire young talent is a new mindset. New York, who is usually known for signing older players to lengthy contracts, is doing the exact opposite.
If you’re a die-hard Yankee fan, you have no reason to not be happy. Sure, it was fun seeing Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman come together in close games to seal victories every now and then. But, this is a .500 baseball team. Nothing more. The sweep at the hands of Tampa Bay over the weekend solidified that. It is a bit odd, though, that for the first time in the Cashman era, the Yankees are selling the season in August to prepare for what’s to come. This is the new wave of baseball. Stack young talent, improve your farm system, and rid brutal contracts that do nothing but tie things down. That is, of course, until Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Jose Fernandez become free agents, and Cashman salivates about the thought of all three in pinstripes together one day. I digress.
Wouldn’t it be something if the Yankees are somehow able to go on a run and make the playoffs? In a perfect world, this would make Cashman and the front office look even smarter than they already are. With Beltran gone, the new team leader in RBI’s and batting average is shortstop Didi Gregorious, who has put together a fantastic season. Starlin Castro, his up the middle counterpart, is starting to heat up as well. With both players at 26-years-old, this duo can make noise together for quite some time. No need to sell on these guys any time soon. Oh, by the way, seeing Warren pitch last night reminded me of something – Castro was acquired for Warren and Brendan Ryan. With Warren back in pinstripes, that means that the Yankees essentially got Castro for Ryan straight up, a huge steal for New York!
With all of that being said, the New York Yankees look to take game two of this four game Subway Series at Citi Field. Masahiro Tanka takes the ball and looks to stay undefeated in his career against the Mets. Joe Girardi said, “When you put this jersey on, you want to win. No matter what, we are trying to win games.” No one is denying this, Joe. But, it might be time to start calling up young prospects now, so they can get acclimated to Major League pitching sooner than later. We saw this with Max Kepler, the outfielder for the Minnesota Twins who slugged three home runs Monday night to lead the Twins to a 12-5 victory. Kepler was used exclusively from August until the end of the season last season with Minnesota, and began the year on the 25-man roster for Minnesota. Kepler struggled, but after about three months of seeing advanced pitching, he has excelled. Using the same logic, and with the plethora of talent in Scranton and Trenton, it might be wise to call up prospects so they can do the same.
Who knows, I’m just a 23-year-old blogger/aspiring broadcaster with a few ideas. You don’t have to listen. Happy Tuesday!
Written by Alex Cammarata