We’ll know soon enough whether this Yankees turnaround is for real (It certainly feels like it, right? Or not? We have no idea.) while battling the Red Sox this weekend at Fenway. Of course, Boston swept New York at the beginning of June, so this series is significant on multiple fronts.
Aside from the Yanks willing themselves back into playoff contention, the biggest talking point surrounding the club has been the trade deadline, which is a little over a month away.
The Yankees’ biggest warts are apparent, but it remains to be seen whether the front office is willing to part ways with any members of their core, especially now since they’ve seemed to steadied the ship after a sluggish stretch near the end of May and mid June.
Well, we might finally have some insight into New York’s deadline plans.
Appearing on the Talkin’ Yanks podcast this week, Robert Pimpsner of Pinstriped Pros revealed a shocking deadline update regarding the club’s farm system.
According to Pimpsner, every prospect aside from Jasson Dominguez is considered expendable.
Per Yankees minor league reporter Robert Pimpsner, a couple of big-name prospects could be on the move near the trade deadline.
"“Well I think no one’s off limits this year except for Dominguez,” said Pimpsner. “I think everyone is going to be available in some form or fashion depending on what they get back.”“And you’re going to start really at the top for teams that want to have someone that’s major league ready. . .your Luis Medina’s, Luis Gil’s, even (Estevan) Florial will be available for the right trade. Deivi (Garcia) is going to be available, even though he’s having a struggle this year in Triple-A.”“Especially the guys like Brooks Kriske, Nick Nelson — these guys that weren’t really the big name guys coming into this year, but really showed some stuff that could really be on the move or potentially be a trade target.”"
We hate to put words in Pimpsner’s mouth, but his comments really makes it seem like the Yankees are prepared to risk it all at the trade deadline.
For as attached as fans feel to these prospects, especially Chris Gittens, who was also speculated as a prime trade chip, there’s really no sense hoarding a legion of elite young talents when you have a roster that’s seemingly a big trade or two away from morphing into the favorites to represent the AL in the World Series.
That was certainly a lot for Yankees fans to digest, but it’s important to remember that not every highly-rated prospect is going to be dealt at the deadline.
That’s one of the few positives that comes with boasting such a rich farm system. And if trading one or two (maybe three?) of them means getting the Yankees one step closer to winning their first championship since 2009, does it really matter who ends up getting shipped out of town?