Over the course of the last three days, the Yankees have made three trades that netted four minor league pitchers.
While none of the arms the Yankees acquired are game-changers, they are prospects who helped free room to protect the Yankees top minor league talent. The Rule 5 draft is approaching fast, and the deadline to set 40 man rosters was tonight at 8 PM. So, if the Yankees did not clear spots for notable prospects such as Gleyber Torres, Thairo Estrada, Albert Abreu, and Domingo Acevedo, they would have been eligible to be drafted by any other club.
You may be worried that the Yankees gave up impact players in order to free up roster room for these players, but that is the exact opposite of what they did. The players they traded in these three deals were pitchers Nick Rumbelow (recovering from Tommy John surgery), Caleb Smith (7.00 ERA), Ronald Herrera, and first basemen Garrett Cooper. So in essence, the Yankees sacrificed players with no place on the club, in exchange for room for prospects who should impact the big league club for the next decade. Good job, Cash.
One last important factor involved in these trades was the $250,000 they acquired in International Free Agency money. This money will tie the Texas Rangers with the most money to offer impending Free Agent Star Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani, 23, has been called “Japan’s Babe Ruth” and is expected to be eligible to be signed for the maximum of $3.5M by an MLB Team this offseason. He can both pitch and hit, and would be an estimated $200M player if he were a normal free agent.
While these trades seem minor, they really were moves that will allow the upcoming Baby Bombers spots on the team in the near future. We all saw how young players can impact winning last year, and there is no shortage of talent coming.
The future is bright, Yankee fans… The future is bright.