We all know Brian Cashman isn’t going to sit around and wait for the trade deadline to come; he already told the media on the record that he was going to make a deal for a starting pitcher before July 31st. While the Yankees agree they need to make a trade for Jason Hammel as an example, do they really have the pieces to actually pull it off?
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News wrote a piece about it this morning, stating that the Yankees might not have the big prospects to pull off a trade–but he did say that there are some prospects ready in the minor leagues now that could get them a Hammel or possibly a Cliff Lee. Martino suggested dealing Yankees bullpen piece Dellin Betances, or maybe even considering giving up Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino (who will play in the 2014 Futures Game), Peter O’Brien and Rob Refsnyder, all who are having good seasons in their respective levels.
Now, while I understand the Yankees want to trade for a pitcher to compete at this moment in time, I personally don’t think it’s the greatest idea to trade away the future of the organization just so the Yankees can ‘win now’. I understand this is New York City and the Yankees feel pressure to give the city another championship, but giving away the last few polished prospects the Yankees have for a pitcher that might or might not work out is quite a stretch.
Now, if Brian Cashman does decide to trade away some of the farm, don’t expect a top notch ace; there’s no way those prospects will bring you back David Price or Jeff Samardzija It will be interesting to see what Cashman does to bring in a pitcher, but at this point all we can do is speculate and actually wait for Cashman to pull the trigger.