Yankees Brian Cashman and the judgment of the present hour

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Go 2022 Yankees!

When Cashman held firm on Estevan Florial, he did so with the vision of losing Hicks in two years. And He has ensured there are other quality back-ups, possible late bloomer position players, and promising pitchers at every level of the minors, such as:

Chance Adams, OF Billy McKinney, and C Kyle Higashioka at Triple-A;

Domingo Acevedo, Justus Sheffield, and INF Thairo Estrada in Trenton;

Dillon Tate, Brian Keller, and 2B Nick Solak at High-A;

Freicer Perez, Albert Abreu, and CF Carlos Vidal in Charleston;

And, even at the lower levels, there is Jorge Guzman, INF Dermis Garcia, INF Danienger Perez, and INF Brayan Jimenez showing real promise. If you didn’t see a designation, that means the player is a pitcher; that’s a lot of depth.

Cash seems to have promising, quality arms ready to debut every year for the next three or four years. That’s how you try to create a perennial playoff team. That is not to say that Cash did not lose some very talented players. But he was at least able to trade three talented players with question marks.