Let’s face it; the New York Yankees are exceeding everyone’s expectations and have legitimately become one of the best teams in Major League Baseball. Which is why many are wondering if the Yankees will be buyers at this year’s trade deadline.
Sure, the trade deadline is only two months away, and a lot could change since then. But the Yankees are on pace to have a historically dominant season. So, with the Yankees making strides towards the postseason, would they consider trading their plethora of minor league talent for a starter?
That’s what Brian Cashman is hoping to do. The problem is he would need to convince Hal Steinbrenner to trade their prospects.
At the moment, it doesn’t seem as if Steinbrenner is interested in parting with the Clint Frazier‘s and Tyler Wade‘s of the organization. Even though he has an interesting predicament with all of his Major League outfielders producing at an All-Star level.
“I think we’ve been pretty consistent about not trading away the young talent the last three to four years,’’ Steinbrenner said to the New York Daily News. “I think that consistency has paid off in several areas, so that’s not something I’m looking to do, is trade away our top prospects.”
The Yankees might be buyers as they head towards the July 31st trade deadline. But the Yankees aren’t ready to give themselves that label. In fact, Steinbrenner is surprised by the Yankees production heading into this season.
Despite that, winning has always been the team’s priority, and they’ll do whatever it takes to maintain that winning mentality. But Steinbrenner will be a hard sell when it comes to trading, which isn’t a problem for Cashman. He’s up for the challenge.
“I don’t know if I will be more open to it,’’ he said, “but I will absolutely divert all of my attention to any one deal that’s brought across my table. That’s the way I’ve always been. I’ll do the research. I’ll read the scouting reports. I’ll talk to Cash and all of his people. And I’ll consider any option.”