Skip to main content

Yankees Resistance to Trade Prospects Right Call


Some Yankees fans need to settle down. Yes, Yankees General Manager, Brian Cashman, didn't make any moves today at the trade deadline. And Yes, we are in dire need of a few pieces, most notably, starting pitching. And of course, yes, every one of the American League Pennant contenders - Royals, Angels, Blue Jays, Astros - are much improved with new pieces to use down the stretch.

But while some, and I stress some as there are a "spoiled, irrational" group within the Yankees fanbase, are complaining about the inactivity and annoyingly repeating the hyperbole statements that now follow "If George Steinbrenner were alive...", the Yankees have kept their stocked farm system intact.

And you know what, good for them. Good for the Yankees on showing restraint. And good for Brian Cashman. 

In my opinion, the Yankees have needed to get younger for a long time. Like, a reeeeeeeeeeally long time. The sport has become for lack of a better phrase, a young man's game, and continuing to throw big money and eventual prospects of short term fixes doesn't necessarily guarantee you much. Just look at the Phillies current situation.
Of course, there are some who want the Yankees to get younger while still grabbing the top tames on the trade block. Here is some news for those folks - you can't have it both ways. And it's not possible to do so. 

In my opinion, I applaud Cashman. It takes great restraint to hold on to some vital prospects while the temptation of David Price, Johnny Cueto, and Cole Hamels was so strong. Especially when there are some quality prospects who will very soon, start impacting the big league ball club.

I'm talking about Luis Severino (who will start against the Red Sox next week), Greg Bird, Jorge Mateo, Robert Refsynder (who made things fun before the All-Star Break), Gary Sanchez, Eric Jagielo, and my favorite, Aaron Judge. At 6'7", Judge has a cannon, is athletic, straight up mashes for power and average, and quite possibly might be the Yankees right fielder next season. Sorry Carlos Beltran. 

Building from within with a blend of free agents is the best way these days. Especially, when you have talents on the rise who can help you now AND next season. And you know what, Cashman may just get a better return in the winter when the cost of certain talent isn't inflated by a deadline or the hope that is still alive mid-season for so many. 

So, for those complaining, chill out! Sometimes the best trade is the one you didn't make (just ask the Mets and the almost Carlos Gomez trade). In this case, holding on to the farm was indeed the right call, and eventually, will pay off. 

Recently Read Posts

CM Punk's Return - Perfect Timing for the Symbol of Anti-WWE

Looooooooook in my eyes, what do you see?! The lyrics to Cult of Personality, especially that first bar,  never felt so fitting for CM Punk as it did last night.  For the most part, everything that is CM Punk's return to wrestling last night at AEW Rampage ties directly into my latest thoughts on pro wrestling - the company is making it must-see destination television, an element desperately needed from pro wrestling.  Last night was incredible as again, it was another moment that made wrestling feel alive - with a wild and energetic pulse. It was one of the coolest moments in pro wrestling that you knew was coming, expected, anticipated, and it was everything and more. Again, MUST-SEE television. That's hard to do.  For me, it wasn't just Punk's return to pro wrestling, but the mere presence and voice of his inclusion in today's space. We know that Punk can deliver on the microphone - probably his best and most signature attribute. We also know that yes, he can

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/10/21

3 Up 1. Moderna Vaccine to Low Income Nations - In a world where the idea of "pandemic" now feels like a state of mind or the privilege of belief, Moderna has decided to aim its efforts in getting at least 1 billion doses to low-income countries the COVID vaccine. I'll save the "vaccine" chat for another time - but this is pretty awesome by Moderna. And oh yeah, highly needed.  2. Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi - Two absolute legends of the WNBA had some legacy-cementing moments this week. Parker lead her hometown Chicago Sky into the WNBA finals, and Taurasi, was named the GOAT of the WNBA by fans. Because well, she is. Congrats to both.  3. Netlfix's On My Block - For the second week in a row I'm putting a personal - and admittedly, biased - selection in the "Up" section. One of my favorite shows by Netflix, On My Block , released its fourth and final season, and yes, I binged it on my daily commute home. Gonna miss the crew from Freeridge.

Thoughts on MLB at Field of Dreams Game

"You'll REALLY like the film. It's a great baseball movie that touches on the father-son relationship - just...just a really good film."  Those were the encouraging words of my father-in-law in regards to the film, Field of Dreams, on the weekend prior to the MLB at Field of Dreams game in Iowa. There were among the few recommendations or positive reviews that I received as the fever pitch (no pun intended - and a terrible movie about the RedSox and Baseball - blah) built toward the game. I, a baseball fan, never saw the movie, or really, had little interest in it.  I finally watched it based on the nudges, excitable remarks, and surprisingly shocked reactions when I mentioned that I never saw the film. And of course, because it would be nice to have SOME context to why the game was special. For me, the film was. well,  it was just there. Good movie - great script for sure. I guess I just never got caught in the romanticizing of baseball that the film elicits for me.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/17/21

3 Up 1. WNBA Finals - The WNBA playoffs are definitely going to be in the running for my Sporting Event of the Year Award. What a series! The Finals were capped off by an amazing game before a raucous crowd in Chicago. Kudos to everyone, especially the amazing story of Candace Parker returning home and winning a chip. Major props to Courtney Vandersloot.  2. New 2022 Quarters - Get ready for your money to diversify - well just a bit. But it's a start! Beginning in 2022, the US quarter coins will feature trailblazing American women such as civil rights activist; astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation's first principal woman chief; Adelina "Nina" Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico's suffrage movement; and Anna May Wong, the first Hollywood film star of Chinese American descent.