“I have enough chips,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “But if people want to demand certain bullets, those certain bullets I’m not going to shoot. … There are untouchables here.
“You can figure them out. But there are certain guys. Like Phil Hughes. I said publicly I wouldn’t want to trade Phil Hughes. I stopped trade discussion on Hughes on (Johan) Santana because he was a rare, special guy. And he’s proven that out. He’s helped us win a World Series in the bullpen, he won 18 games last year, and we have certain guys we think are potentially even better than he is. That excites us.”
Without naming names it is safe to assume that Cashman is talking about the Killer B’s, Manuel Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Brackman, and Jesus Montero as well. Still, it’s hard to see Cashman not willing to include at least one of these players in a deal for Felix Hernandez if he somehow became available.
Still, it’s good to hear this. It’s not every day a team gets three pitching prospects like these three and a huge bat like Montero’s. Unless they are making a deal for the very best there is no reason to deal any of them. Especially considering that the Yankees have plenty of other talent throughout the minor leagues that are good prospects in their own right, just not great prospects like the other four.
With the amazing quality the Yankees have in their second tier of prospects there is no reason to move their top tier.
What do you think? Is this smart of Cashman? Or are there certain players for whom anybody is available? Should any prospect aside from the Killer B’s + Montero be untouchable as well?