Yankees: Which top prospects are untouchable in trade talks?
Now I know no prospect is truly untouchable especially after we saw the Red Sox traded Yoan Moncada for Chris Sale before the 2017 season, but the circumstances then were different. It was the offseason and Sale was available for any team to acquire if they could meet the White Sox price. The Red Sox did so by trading the top prospect in baseball along with Michael Kopech (now the 10th best prospect) and two other minor leaguers.
The deal for Sale has obviously worked out for Boston, but it also left the Red Sox with a depleted farm system. They got the ace they desired but in most cases, a team will not trade the top prospect in baseball unless it’s for a true game changer.
At the time it was too good of a deal to pass up. However, this season I don’t see someone with Sale’s pedigree being available so it’s unlikely the Yankees will give away more than one of their top prospects in a trade.
Before I continue let me state the obvious and say that the recently called up Gleyber Torres isn’t going anywhere. Torres has burst onto the scene and made a huge impact since his call-up. Soon he will no longer even be considered a prospect and figures to be the Yankees starting second basemen for the next decade-plus. I can pretty much guarantee that come deadline time he will be untouchable.
The same could even be said for Miguel Andujar who much like Torres has been outstanding for the Yankees since his call-up. He’s taken control of the starting job at third base and even with the return of Brandon Drury looming Andujar figures to be the starting third basemen of the present and future. I wouldn’t call him completely untouchable like Torres but for the rest of this season, I don’t think there’s much of a chance he gets traded.
In the offseason, he could be an option when the trade market for top starters heats up. Especially if the Yanks still have any interest in possibly signing Manny Machado to play third base. Personally, I think Andujar has a chance to become a star much like Torres so I hope that’s not the case.