The Yankees are in a position where they can get proven major league talent, who are both youngish and have favorable team contracts in exchange for their prospects. They do not need to grovel.
Despite what they say, which up to this point has been nothing but pitiful lies, the Pittsburgh Pirates will trade Andrew McCutchen in a heartbeat. The White Sox still have their trade chip in Jose Quintana, and even though the Yankees balked when they saw the price tag last time, they may be willing to come to an agreement now, when both teams have a need to make a move.
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The Milwaukee Brewers, who are in the midst of rebuilding and doing an excellent job of it, will listen to offers for Ryan Braun, who just might re-think his preference for the West Coast for dreams that include the right-field porch at Yankee Stadium.
And the Seattle Mariners, who can’t seem to get out of their way in anything they do, will desperately, though quietly, be trying to unload Felix Hernandez before either he or the team has a mental breakdown. Like Sabathia, Hernandez will soon need to alter his pitching style to accommodate what now is certain – he’s lost that dominating fastball – a change of scenery is imminent.
The Yankees may or may not be interested in any of these players. Brian Cashman will call the shots and right now he has the golden touch, so we’ll leave him alone to do his job.
The Yankees, ironically, could find themselves in a position next season where they have too much pitching to support a starting rotation.
Buckle up though, because this is going to be a wild ride.