Baseball’s resident wizard once again struck last night, Brian Cashman pulled off a major trade. An in division trade no less, and with the Baltimore Orioles. Cashman was able to strengthen an already strong aspect of the New York Yankees roster. When Cashman traded for star reliever Zach Britton.
Britton this season started out on the DL so he has only appeared in 16 games. However, in those 16 games, Britton has been effective. Tallying a 3.45 ERA to go along with 13 strikeouts in just 15.2 innings pitched. Cashman paid a nice price for this in division acquisition with the rumored players going back to Baltimore. Those players are Dillon Tate, Josh Rodgers, and Cody Carroll three of the better pitching prospects in the Yankees system.
Trading From Depth
Yet not their top pitching prospects. As Justus Sheffield, Domingo Acevedo and Albert Abreu all remain in the Yankee minor leagues. With less than a week remaining before the non-wavier trade deadline on July 31st, we have to wonder what else Cash has in store for the New York Yankees roster. And let us not forget that the Yankees also have some incredible depth on the position player front as well. The Yankees have many top prospects in MLB. It was for that reason they ranked number six overall to start the year in MLB.com’s Farm System ranking. So if a move can be made the Yankees have the depth to make it happen.
Still An Obvious Need
The Yankees obvious need has been the starting rotation. With inconsistency and injury the culprits, the Bronx Bombers have dug into their minor leagues quite often this season. Pitchers like Jonathan Loisiga, Domingo German, and Luis Cessa have been called upon multiple times this season to start games for the Yankees. And while they have admirably stepped in they are rookies and can be inconsistent. Even established starters like Sonny Gray and Masahiro Tanaka have struggled to be effective every fifth day. While we already covered some potential “Trade Targets” the Yankees may have, we know that Cashman has something in the works. Because he always does.