The New York Yankees could continue the housecleaning they started at the trade deadline by shipping out even more veterans this winter.
The Yankees front office drew nearly universal praise for their decision to sell at the August 1st deadline, bringing in 12 legitimate prospects by trading three players on expiring contracts and a reliever. GM Brian Cashman set New York up with one of the best farm systems in baseball and seems committed to building from within.
At this point, it’s not clear just how much further this tear-down will go. Moving the players who were going to depart for nothing following 2016 was a fairly easy decision. New York could now double-down on its rebuild and trade away even more veterans to open up jobs for the next generation, or they can continue to try and straggle the line between contending and rebuilding as they have been the last two years.
A recent report by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports indicates that the team is sticking to its plan to get under the luxury tax in the next two years, which could provide further incentive to move some of the bigger salaries on the books, especially at positions where the Yankees have considerable depth in the upper-minors.
Here are the five Yankees players who seem most like to be moved during the 2016-2017 offseason: