Despite the Yankees entering play on Tuesday only a mere three games under .500, plenty of teams have called about the “available” parts in the Yankees bullpen, namely Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. However, don’t expect the Yankees to be sellers in June.
Jon Heyman reported that following a conference call with reporters, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he has no interest in selling–at least, not yet. While the Yankees are vowing not to part with their players in June, Cashman said the scenario could change significantly by the end of July, depending on how the team performs over the next month and a half.
Players like Chapman and Miller have found themselves in trade rumors over the last few weeks, especially with the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giant, but they’re not the only players on the Yankees roster who have significant trade value.
Carlos Beltran, who is in the final year of his contract, Nathan Eovaldi, who becomes a free agent after the 2017 season, Brett Gardner, whose contract expires in 2019, Dellin Betances, who like Miller and Chapman is part of the dynamic bullpen, Michael Pineda, whose contract also ends after the 2017 season, and Brian McCann, who has a full no-trade clause, all are potential candidates to be traded should the team continue to struggle.
If the Yankees do decide to sell, it would be the first time the team had done so in Brian Cashman’s career as the general manager. Even when the Yankees were faced with the tempting opportunity to trade Robinson Cano and David Robertson in their walk-year for prospects, Cashman refused to pull the trigger.
Despite the Yankees entering Tuesday three games under .500, club-decision members believe the Yankees have time to right the ship. And instead of being sellers, the Yankees could potentially become buyers and make a run for the second Wild Card spot.