Blue Jays AL East Recap: Deadline Details
New York looks towards the future
New York Yankees: 53-52
The New York Yankees went into full sell mode as they went into deadline. Early in the week they had dealt ace closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for a bevy of prospects. After that it was unclear if they would leave the rest of their team intact, as they have struggled to stay above .500 for most of the season. We got our answer late in the weekend when they dealt closer Andrew Miller to the Indians, once again for a bevy of prospects highlighted by shortstop Gleyber Torres.
They were not done there. Despite fielding offers on numerous other players, they were only able to move Carlos Beltran to the Rangers for a significant return.
The Yankees deadline deals signalled two things. They were comfortable letting this season get away from them. Trading Chapman made sense, but flipping the previously untouchable Miller for a package including Clint Frazier indicated that the Yankees are more focused on tomorrow than today. That said, the Yankees are on the cusp of reclaiming their baseball dynasty. With a loaded farm system, that figures to be among the best and most well-stocked in baseball.
The Yankees can deal from a position of strength during the off season. With so many prospects to choose from they’ll be able to easily land players they target without pillaging their entire farm system.
The Yankees set themselves apart by trading very desirable assets for high prices. The result is one of the best farm systems in baseball. With the money and clout the Yankees already have, their future looks brighter than it has in a long time.
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