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It’s the beginning of August and the white flag has risen in the Bronx. That’s right, it’s not a misprint. To the delight of general manager Brian Cashman, the Steinbrenners are finally listening. Cashman deserves a ton of credit for being persistent in his message to the decision makers. Somewhere, he is smiling smoking a cigar. He should be because the New York Yankees will be back to being the “Evil Empire” sooner than later.
It all started with moving top closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for earlier in the week for four prospects. Headlined by 19 year old phoneme short stop (SS) Gleyber Torres, versatile right hand pitcher (RHP) Adam Warren, minor league outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. A no brainier simply because he will be a free agent at the end of the season and don’t be surprised if he’s back with the Yankees next season. What a coup that would be? Another great move by the Yankees was trading top reliever Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians for four more prospects. The prize of this trade are minor league power hitting outfielder (OF), Clint Frazier and minor league left hand pitcher (LHP) Justus Sheffield. Also included in the deal are minor league RHPs Ben Heller and JP Feyereisen. Next to go was their best hitter, OF/DH Carlos Beltran. He is headed to the Texas Rangers for three more prospects in minor league RHPs Dillon Tate, Erik Seanson and Nick Green. They were not done.
In lesser deals, they dealt inconsistent RHP Ivan Nova to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two players to be named. The last deal was sending often injured minor league RHP Vincete Campos to the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP reliever Tyler Clippard. That name should sound familiar to Yankee fans because he came up in the Yankees’ system. Welcome back! This was the end of the sale. The only downfall is Jacoby Elsbury, Mark Texeira, Brett Gardiner and CC Sabathia could not be moved as well. No need to wallow in mediocrity with aging, overpaid, past their prime players. The smart Yankee fans will understand and welcome this purge. The spoiled Yankee fans will pitch a fit but eventually get over it. With these moves, the Yankees’ farm system has moved up to a top three ranking among all farm systems which is music to the “Pinstripe” fan’s ears. Winning cures all ills. Might as well play the young guys, see exactly what you have and give the fans something to look forward to. For all long-time Yankee fans, this was one fire sale most will embraced. You feel the excitement coming back to the Bronx already.