Yankees will make trades…but they won’t sell the farm

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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.

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5 Responses to Yankees will make trades…but they won’t sell the farm

  1. tom says:

    Good. Look what Orioles have done with kids right now. It could be our turn next year or 2016.

    I don't mind another Pineda-Montero trade.

  2. hotdog says:

    was the McCarthy trade for Nuno a good move…am i missing something?

    • It is good for this season. McCarthy is a better pitcher right now. The problem is that he is a free agent at the end of this year and Nuno has five more years of team control under his belt. Considering that this is his rookie season, he hasn't been awful and will likely get better. Considering how unlikely they are to do any damage at all in the 2014 playoffs, I have to say it isn't a trade off that I want to see the Yankees make.

      I expect more of this too. They're going to try to pretend to go for it all this season while hurting the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Yankees. That's how Hal Steinbrenner runs things.

  3. Jasper says:

    The Nuno for McCarthy trade was a good trade to make, McCarthy will prove to be a much more effective pitcher than Nuno was. McCarthy's win/loss record and ERA paint an ugly picture for him, but all of his other stats tell a different story. McCarthy averages 6 1/3 innings per start, Nuno was averaging about 4 2/3 innings. McCarthy is a ground ball pitcher (currently 5th in MLB with a 57.5 GB%) where as Nuno is a flyball pitcher (about 33.6 GB%). Nuno has been terrible, and all his peripheral stats back up his ERA. He walks too many batters (3.0 BB/9), gives up too many homers (1.7 HR/9), has a hard time striking anyone out (6.9 K/9). McCarthy's initial stats don't look that great either, even though they are an improvement over Nuno's. However, if you look at his peripheral stats: 1.6 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9, 7.6 K/9, 3.8 FIP (compared to Nuno's 5.15), averages 1 2/3 innings more per start than Nuno, you'll see this is a sizable upgrade. Nuno has a place in MLB, I agree, but as a soft tossing lefty it isn't in the Yankees' pitching staff. He is much better suited to be a NL pitcher, against weaker lineups (no DH) and bigger parks. The fact that McCarthy is a free agent at the end of the year isn't necessarily a bad thing either. The Yankees have roughly half a season of him in their rotation, not a bad tryout for next year possibly. They audition him (and visa versa) for the rest of the year, and if he pitches well and enjoys his time, maybe they resign him in the offseason. If he doesn't do all that well, then there will be 1 less pitcher to keep an eye on come the offseason (We all know the Yankees will be looking for starting pitchers next year; CC's injury issues, Kuroda is a FA, Pineda is always hurt, Nova coming off of TJ surgery…).

  4. Shawn says:

    I really think the Yankees should start using there quality players in AAA rather than sign multiple one year contracts because as I see the Yankees in the winter will have again too many questions without answers. I lost count as to how many players on the current roster will be gone at the end of the season. I see a trade or Hamels would be okay or the future but as I am seeing it they will go after Bartolo Colon which is ridiculous. I thought the team has Old Timers day at the park but I was unaware that it reminds me of half the team.

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