By Matt Citak
With the primary half of the MLB season within the rear view mirror, the New York Yankees discover themselves three.5 video games again from the Boston Pink Sox for the lead within the American League East. Whereas trailing their rivals for the division crown, the Yankees have managed to remain atop the race for the Wild Card, main the Minnesota Twins by a recreation, regardless of their 15-21 report since June 1.
The play of this younger Yankees staff has left common supervisor Brian Cashman in an fascinating place, as he should determine how aggressively to strategy the commerce deadline. With New York having one in every of baseball’s strongest farm methods, Cashman has the power so as to add some critical expertise to this already aggressive Yankees roster. Nevertheless, the overall supervisor made it clear that whereas the workforce will look to enhance in sure areas, he won’t achieve this on the expense of the franchise’s lengthy-time period plans, describing the staff as “cautious consumers” in an interview with Michael Kay of YES Community in accordance with CBS Sports activities.
“We’ve got an extended-time period plan that I feel individuals are seeing the thrill from, and we’re undoubtedly not going to deviate from that,” Cashman stated. “…A part of that lengthy-time period plan is within the brief time period — profitable now and placing out one of the best effort attainable, however not on the expense of what we really feel can lead us to extra championships, plural. … If we will discover that balancing act and retain the gamers we desperately have to retain … I feel that’s the stroll we’re making an attempt to stroll.”
Based mostly on these feedback, don’t anticipate the Yankees to weaken their wealthy farm system for a rental participant comparable to Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer or third baseman Mike Moustakas. Each gamers would require New York to give up at the least one of many group’s prime prospects, and each would have the selection to signal elsewhere in the course of the offseason. Nevertheless extra lifelike commerce targets that would assist New York each within the brief and long run are beginning pitchers Jose Quintana of the White Sox and Gerrit Cole of the Pirates.
Quintana’s present ERA of four.forty nine represents the primary time the 28-yr previous has had an ERA over four.00 in his profession. Actually, in his first 5 seasons within the majors, the southpaw by no means had an ERA above three.seventy six. What makes Quintana a super commerce goal for the Yankees isn’t solely his expertise, but in addition his staff-pleasant contract. The 2016 All-Star will earn $eight.eighty five million subsequent season, and has membership choices for 2019 and 2020 at $10.5 million. Whereas buying and selling for…