It was a busy week leading up to the MLB trade deadline for the New York Yankees.
The Bronx Bombers were one of the most active teams on the trade market. Usually the Yankees are “buyers” on the trade market, but this year the team decided to sell in hopes of building for the future.
Led by general manager Brian Cashman, the team made five trades over the past week. The organization parted with some very good talent, but received some young prospects with a lot of potential in return.
Missed any of the Yankees’ trades this week? No worries!
Let’s recap the moves the Yankees made before this year’s trade deadline:
When the Yankees acquired Aroldis Chapman during the offseason, there were a lot of questions surrounding the hard-throwing left hander.
Chapman was involved in a domestic violence situation, which led to him being suspended for 30 games, but the Yankees organization still took a chance on the 28-year-old.
Once he returned from his suspension, Chapman was dominant in the back-end of the Yankees bullpen. However, with the team struggling, it was an easy decision to trade Chapman, who ultimately is a two-month rental for a team with postseason aspirations.
Here’s where the Chicago Cubs come into play. With an organization loaded with young talent, the Cubs were a perfect match, as they had the right group of players to satisfy the Yankees’ trade demands.
The Bronx Pinstripes team broke down the trade even further. Read more about the details here.
Our own Roey Hadar wrote about the newest Yankees acquired in this trade here.
Should Brian Cashman get credit for this trade? Rich Kauffman thinks so. Read why here.
The trade of Andrew Miller might be the most shocking among the moves the Yankees made this past week.
With two years of club control left on his contract, many felt that the Yankees would hold onto Miller. However, once the team saw what type of trade package Miller could land them, it was a no-brainer not to trade their most valuable asset.
After they originally thought they had completed a trade for former Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, the Indians wanted to sure up their bullpen, adding a team-first guy who is considered one of the best relief pitchers in the sport.
The price was steep, as the two sides were able to strike a deal. To read more about the trade and the prospects the Yankees received, click the link here.
Once the Yankees decided to be sellers, it was a no-brainer to trade veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers.
Beltran was having his best season as a Yankee, as he posted a .304 average with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs in 99 games. He will be a valuable offensive piece for a Rangers team who loaded up in hopes of making a World Series run this season.
In return, the Yankees received three pitching prospects. The group was headlined by Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.
Want to know more about the deal? Read Tom Hanslin report here.
Vincente Campos traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks
After trading both Miller and Chapman, the Yankees needed to find a relief pitcher who could help gap the bridge to newly christened closer Dellin Betances.
Insert former Yankee prospect Tyler Clippard, who was drafted by the Bronx Bombers in the ninth round of the 2003 MLB Draft. After spending time with the Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks, Clippard finds his way back to where his career began.
This isn’t a temporary-type of fix for the Yankees, as Clippard is under contract until the end of next season. It’s very possible that the 31-year-old could be an important piece to the Yankees bullpen for a while.
In their final move right before the trade deadline passed, the Yankees shipped off 29-year-old Ivan Nova to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After posting a 16-4 record in his first season as a starter, but quite couldn’t figure it out since then. The right-hander struggled, as he was sidelined due to Tommy John surgery, and just couldn’t stay consistent on the mound for the Bronx Bombers.
The return for the Yankees is not known at this time, but the organization has a list of players they can choose from before the end of the season to complete the trade.
To read more about the team’s final move before the trade deadline, click here.
For Yankees fans, you have to be happy with the moves the front office made this past week. It’s tough to part with some very good major league talent, but if the prospects pan out the way they are supposed to, the Yankees will be in a very good position in the near future.