Yankees: Which top prospects are untouchable in trade talks?

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 21: (EDITOR'S NOTE: SATURATION HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS IMAGE) Estevan Florial #92 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait during the New York Yankees photo day on February 21, 2018 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 21: (EDITOR'S NOTE: SATURATION HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS IMAGE) Estevan Florial #92 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait during the New York Yankees photo day on February 21, 2018 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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While the Yankees continue to roll, winning 17 of their last 18, there are still many who believe that as the season progresses management will have to make a trade for another front-line starter to add to their rotation. To get a deal done that will cost them top prospects from their highly touted farm system.

Nobody knows how the Yankees rotation will stack up come late July but right now they are among the best in the game. Even with their talented left-hander Jordan Montgomery on the DL for the next six to eight weeks the starting staff has helped carry the Yanks into first place past the rival Red Sox.

In their last 17 games, Yankee starters have pitched to an incredible .195 ERA with opponents batting .169 against them per James Smyth of the YES Network. 17 games isn’t the biggest sample size but it sure seems like the starting rotation is set for the time being. Especially after Domingo German threw six no-hit innings in his first career start in place of Montgomery.

However, injuries and inconsistent production will happen to the majority of big league rotations over the course of a season so it makes sense that the Yankees could be in the market for another ace type starter. They have all the assets they need to get to make a blockbuster trade, but Brian Cashman and company will be smart in deciding who they’d be willing to give up.

At the moment nobody knows which of the top starting pitchers will be on the trading block a month or two from now. However, I do know that come deadline time there will be prospects in the Yankee system who will be deemed “untouchable” in trade talks.