For a team with legitimate World Series aspirations such as the 2019 New York Yankees, roster gaps will need to be filled and holes will need to be plugged if they’re going to parade down the Canyon of Heroes this fall.
For fans especially, trading away prospects, particularly prospects who have already made an impact on the 2019 Yankees, is like trading away a beloved friend. The truth is that baseball is a business, it is not all fun and games. Ownership and Brian Cashman’s Baseball Operations team knows this better than anyone.
Sure, the Yankees have proved this year that they have unbelievable amounts of depth in their organization. But in all likelihood, Cashman and Co. will trade away some young talent in order to acquire a player(s) that can make an immediate impact on the big-league club.
For the sake of keeping this post from becoming a novel, I will focus on prospects that are currently on the 40-man roster. The players mentioned have undoubtedly given industry evaluators and Yankee brass reason to value their services enough to warrant including them in some sort of deal before the July 31st Trade Deadline.
The question is whether these players have become too important to this team to trade away, even when the likes of Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Giancarlo Stanton, Dellin Betances, and others return from the Injured List.