Don’t let all the winning allow you to forget the purpose of this season. The Development of the “Baby Bombers” should remain the No. 1 priority
The 24-15 New York Yankees currently sit atop the American League East. Amongst AL teams, they entered the weekend ranked first in batting average, runs, RBIs, and home runs. This quarter of a season has certainly been a success, Aaron Judge is on a tear, Gary Sanchez is hitting .357 since his return, Starlin Castro is batting .348 and all of a sudden this team looks like a World Series contender.
But don’t let all of this sway you away from what the real purpose of this season is.
If you turn on SportsCenter or MLB Network you’ll hear all of this talk about how the Yankees are one pitcher away, and maybe Gerrit Cole of Pittsburgh will be available, or Jose Quintana of the White Sox will be available maybe Chris Archer. But please do not fall for it.
Any pitcher that could drastically improve the depth of this pitching staff will cost them what they’ve built these last two years. A trade for any of those guys would force the Yankees to cough up a few of their top prospects.
If it would cost only a player like Jorge Mateo for a pitcher, considering the Yankees have a set infield for the future, then do it. However, acquiring a pitcher of that magnitude will cost a lot more than that.
A huge part of the excitement around this team lies within the farm system. With big time prospects such as Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, and many others. This core of young phenoms is destined for another run that we saw during the last great era of Yankees baseball.
Trading for a bonafide ace at this moment and time will jeopardize a lot of what the Yankees could be in a few years. Just think, if this is where the Yankees are now where will they be in two years when it’s time for the rest of this youth movement to kick into full gear?
Patience, I know that word freaks out all sports fans. But patience is the key when it comes to the Yankees. Giving up on blue-chip prospects for half-season rentals in a rebuilding year is not wise, and I hope Brian Cashman agrees with me as well. Get ready Yankee fans, because this team could be on the cusp of another 10-year run.