The Yankees organization always has the mentality that they’re in a playoff race every season and if there’s something they could do to increase their chances of contention, they’ll do it. That’s how the Yankees have operated since the days of George Steinbrenner.
The Yankees didn’t give up last year even with a depleted lineup due to injuries or having Chris Stewart, Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix as the regulars versus Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira; they were still in it to win it until the final week of the 2013 season. While the Yankees are in rougher shape this year, Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes the Yankees will continue to make trades without having to sell the entire farm to make the ball club better.
He brings up the Brandon McCarthy trade, a trade involving Vidal Nuno, a player who didn’t have future plans with the organization. With the small trades they’re making, Brian Cashman instructed the Yankees are going for it.
“Last year was Exhibit A: We could have shut it down and ownership said, ‘No.’ We had a devastation of injuries and ownership said to go for it all the way through. We won 85 games and made it farther than we should.” Cashman said. “The DNA is what it is here, which is always to find a way to make the playoffs and then try to be the last team standing. That is the way it is always going to be here.”
The Yankees are following a guideline here; they give up their best prospects only if the players they’re receiving in return had plans in the organization’s future. It’s good the Yankees are trying to go for it and are trading to solve their problems, but are there more problems than solutions at this point in the season? Are the 2014 Yankees postseason bound with the team they have? Unfortunately, there are more questions than answers.