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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman reportedly favors the organization selling at the trade deadline.
To intimate the New York Yankees should be sellers at the trade deadline is blasphemy to sports’ most iconic franchise. The organization expects to contend every year.
It’s like suggesting competitive eater Joey Chestnut should go on a diet.
But with an aging roster and the team in fourth place in the AL East, a faction of the organization wants to do just that—sell off soon-to-be free agents so the organization can get younger.
There are others within the front office who believe the organization should always look to add at this time of year.
ESPN.com’s Wallace Matthews cited a source saying general manager Brian Cashman and the baseball operations staff would like to sell assets to position the organization for the future. The story further details that owner Hal Steinbrenner and president Randy Levine think the team is in contention and want to add to the roster at the deadline.
The Yankees are currently 8.5 games out of first place in the AL East.
It seems highly optimistic to think that, at this point, New York could make the playoffs. At the All-Star break, the Yankees were 5.5 games out of the wild card with seven teams ahead of them in the race.
At the break, two division rivals—the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays—held the AL wild-card spots.
Of note, there is a market for left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman, who becomes a free agent next year. Instead of bidding for Chapman’s services in free agency this winter, the team could trade him for younger players who could help the team next season and beyond. Every year, nearly every contending team seeks left-handed relief pitchers at the trade deadline.
Other veterans like Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira are also movable if New York does indeed choose to sell.