SEATTLE — Brian Cashman stood on the sector at Yankee Stadium previous to his staff’s June 29 recreation in opposition to the Angels and stated “we suck proper now, as dangerous as you could be.”
Seems, he was solely half proper.
After they went out that night time and beat the Angels, they suffered a disastrous loss to the identical Angels staff — when Aroldis Chapman blew a four-run lead — after which dropped the subsequent two to the Mets in The Bronx earlier than lastly scratching out a win within the Subway Sequence finale on Sunday.
Throughout that very same interview final week, Cashman stated he thought of the Yankees consumers because the July 30 non-waiver commerce deadline approached. Nevertheless, he added “if we fall like a stone, you must regroup and reassess. We’re attempting to repair what we’ve received, to self-correct what now we have and add to it. But when it’s unworthy sooner or later, then you must have totally different conversations.”
Managing common accomplice Hal Steinbrenner stated Thursday that being a vendor on the commerce deadline is “not a path I’m considering proper now.”
Nonetheless, in accordance with Fangraphs, the fourth-place Yankees entered Tuesday with a 38.4 p.c probability of reaching the playoffs, which means these conversations might need to occur quickly — and in the event that they do, what’s going to they seem like?
Among the many Yankees’ points is that they aren’t one or two strikes away from being a contending staff — and so they don’t have a ton to promote in the event that they do change course.
The most important potential piece to maneuver could be Aaron Choose, however buying and selling a star within the prime of his profession will not be one thing that’s within the Yankees’ DNA — particularly one which’s change into the clear face of the franchise.
The 28-year-old Choose is about to change into a free agent following subsequent season and stated throughout spring coaching there had been no talks of an extension.
With the Yankees already locked in for one more seven years of an ageing Giancarlo Stanton, they’ll should determine whether or not to make one other long-term funding in a participant who has battled accidents.
If not, they might contemplate transferring Choose, which might put their rebuild on the quick monitor. With the staff not even in promote mode but, it’s laborious to fathom them contemplating a transfer like that within the subsequent few weeks.
Their prime two bullpen arms — Chapman and Zack Britton — every have their very own points, with Chapman struggling via an unsightly stretch that’s definitely lowered his worth available on the market. And Britton, coming off spring coaching elbow surgical procedure, additionally suffered a strained hamstring. If he can keep wholesome and efficient, he’s one other robust chip for the Yankees, underneath contract via subsequent season.
Then come the cheaper choices, like Chad Inexperienced and Jonathan Loaisiga. Inexperienced, like Choose, is underneath staff management via subsequent season. He’s among the many most dominant relievers within the recreation and his effectiveness ought to solely enhance as his four-seamer reveals no indicators of decline for the reason that crackdown on international substances.
Loaisiga has three extra years till free company, which means the Yankees could be much less prone to transfer him, however he’s been on groups’ radars since 2017, when the Yankees put him on the 40-man roster to forestall him from being taken within the Rule 5 draft.
Gleyber Torres’ state of affairs stays a thriller. From breakout star in 2018 to two-time All-Star a yr later, Torres is having a second straight ugly marketing campaign. It could be powerful to commerce him together with his worth so low.
Gio Urshela might fetch some prospects, however he’s hardly sufficient so as to add a lot to the farm system and the identical goes for a pair of one-time prospects who’re at the moment misplaced: Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier.
Three video games in Seattle and three extra in opposition to the first-place Astros in Houston to shut out the primary half — adopted by 4 versus the Pink Sox in The Bronx after the All-Star break ought to inform the Yankees which path they need to go.