Tuesday, June 28, 2016

SNY: What might the Yankees look like after a sell-off?

At best, the New York Yankees have been a middling team through their first 75 games. There have been few highs mixed in with more lows than the team was compelled to believe would occur when the season began. The Yankees' performance has many clamoring for a sell-off, something virtually unheard of in the Steinbrenner Era.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated last week that he hoped the team's performance would steer him one way or the other over the coming weeks. The Yankees have not veered in one direction; instead, they have hovered around the .500 mark for several weeks now and there is little to suggest this will change.

Given the situation, a sell-off is a distinct possibility, so I decided I would entertain what the Yankees might look like in the aftermath of a full-blown unloading of the roster. There will be some assumptions made in this exercise. The first is that they will use a majority of their farm system to fill the voids. The second is that the Yankees might do some "buying" for the future at the same time. Finally, the object will be to inject more youth into the roster and clear the books of dead weight contracts.

Here are the players who conceivably could be packing their bags in a full sell-off before the trade deadline:

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Friday, June 24, 2016

SNY: Yankees minor league report - June 24

Since the last report, two of the Yankees' affiliates clinched playoff spots with first place finishes in their first half season of play. The other teams we'll cover this week are at or near the top of their divisions and playing well.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SNY: Teixeira's return deepens Yankees' lineup and could strengthen bench

Despite his poor performance before going on the disabled list, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a certain key to the team if they want to have success going forward this season. Teixeira's rehab begins Tuesday and he's set to play three games before returning to New York Saturday. Upon Teixeira's return, the Yankees should consider keeping Ike Davis and Rob Refsnyder with the big league club.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

SNY: Yankees middle relievers providing no relief

The New York Yankees have an intimidating trio at the backend of their bullpen coined "No Runs DMC," but the remaining four relievers - whomever they have been - have failed to do their part and it is beginning to cost the club.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SNY: Yankees must trade Aroldis Chapman regardless of July standings

If acting as sellers, trading Aroldis Chapman is an obvious move. However, what if the Yankees' front office believes there is a legitimate shot of reaching the playoffs? I suggest the Yankees deal Chapman then too.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

SNY: Yankees' 2016 draft selections buck recent organizational trends

The Yankees' front office and scouting department often receives criticism for their handling of amateur drafts and the farm system. And it is true that many of their first round picks have failed to amount to much on the major league diamond over the years. But of late, the Yankees have managed to accrue significant talent from later rounds of the draft.

This year's draft broke a chain of the Yankees selecting college pitchers with their first pick of the draft, when they had high school outfielder Blake Rutherford slide down to them at pick No. 18.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

SNY: Yankees minor league report - June 10

The Yankees drafted two players in Friday's first and second rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, OF Blake Rutherford (No. 18 overall) and 2B Nick Solak (No. 62 overall), hoping to aid in the continual retooling of the minor league system. Let's see what's happening down on the farm.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

SNY: First-round selection will not define Yankees' draft success

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The New York Yankees can come up with as many blueprints for a successful draft as they want, but drafting baseball players is not an easy science. And they'll have another chance when the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft kicks off tonight.

In recent seasons, their farm system has climbed the rankings among MLB clubs, according to many publications that concentrate on the minor leagues. The improvement is due in part to some mild success the Yankees have had in recent drafts.

But the Yankees have still failed to draft a difference-maker in the first round since Gerrit Cole in 2008 -- except he did not sign -- so, make that since they grabbed Derek Jeter in 1992. The last Yankees first round pick to get even a smattering of big league time was Slade Heathcott (2009), who was unconditionally released a couple of weeks ago.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

SNY: The Yankees should think twice before trading these players

The New York Yankees find themselves in an unfamiliar situation, potentially acting as sellers at the upcoming trade deadline. Many feel that anyone and everyone should be placed on the trading block, meaning no one would be "untouchable" on the current Yankees active roster.

The Yankees could certainly choose to trade off pieces in July in an effort to broaden the depth of their minor league system. However, there are a handful of players that should not be actively shopped, in my opinion. That does not mean the players are untouchable - each player can be had for the right price - but these players are not easily replaceable.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

SNY: Is Rob Refsnyder the spark plug the Yankees need?

New York Yankees fans have been clamoring for Rob Refsnyder to get a real shot in the big leagues since Brian Roberts and Stephen Drew floundered at second base. While he might not have a full-time player role at the moment, it looks like Refsnyder will stick around as long as he can continue to hit when in the lineup.

That is an important qualifier. Refsnyder's stay in the big leagues - let alone on the Yankees' major league squad - is completely dependent on his performance with the bat.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SNY: Yankees must avoid a June swoon

When the New York Yankees entered the month of May, many around baseball were asking if the club would be sellers at the trade deadline. Yes, three months ahead of the deadline, the Yankees had played so poorly that some were ready to throw the towel in on the season.

As May began, I wrote that the Yankees needed to have a strong turnaround or else the season could go to waste. They showed improvement for a time, but faltered some as the month concluded. Was the performance better than April was? Absolutely. Was it enough to quell the sell-off talk? Hardly.

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