Yankees Change in Philosophy Should Be Applauded
by John Jastremski
Aug 02, 2016 | 8847 views | 0 0 comments | 224 224 recommendations | email to a friend | print
About a week ago, after the news that Arodlis Chapman had been traded to the Chicago Cubs, I thought there was a pretty good chance the Yankees would be done dealing.

They traded a valuable yet replaceable piece, but still found themselves within reasonable striking distance of a playoff spot in the wild card race.

Even though I didn’t believe that this team was a legitimate playoff contender, to many “it’s simply not the Yankee way to sell.”

After losing four consecutive games against the Astros and the Rays over the weekend, the Yankees came to the correct realization that the 2016 team as currently constructed was not going to win a championship, or even make the postseason for that matter.

So for the first time in over 25 years, the Yankees found themselves in the unfamiliar position of being a seller at the trade deadline.

In a two-week span, the Yankees said goodbye to Chapman, Ivan Nova, their best hitter Carlos Beltran, and their most consistent performer over the last two years in reliever Andrew Miller.

Painful decisions especially when it comes to Miller, who was under contract for the next two seasons at a reasonable cost.

However, I love the Yankees decision to hit the reboot button.

General manager Brian Cashman was smart enough to realize that this team needed to get younger. They needed to stock up their farm system and acknowledge that you can no longer buy a championship like you once did.

The old way of doing business no longer works for the New York Yankees. Player development is more important now than ever before.

I applaud the Yankees for the sense that they’ve always tried to win now, no matter what, but there reaches a point where you have to acknowledge the standard has fallen off.

Sadly, it has in the Bronx over the last few seasons. This team will be out of the playoffs for the third time in four years.

It’s all well and good, they haven’t had a losing season since 1992, but by selling, the Yankees put themselves in a position to build the next championship core.

Over the last few weeks, the Yankees took a farm system that was middle of the pack in Major League Baseball and transformed it into one of baseball’s best.

The Yankees now feature nine prospects in the Top 100 in Baseball America’s list of potential future Major Leaguers.

Names like Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier are minor leaguers with ridiculously high ceiling. These are the sort of impact players that haven’t been finding their way to the Bronx over the last few seasons.

It will be difficult to officially evaluate how the Yankees managed this year’s trade deadline until you see the end result with many of these young players.

Prospects, after all, are just prospects. For every Mike Trout, there’s a Jeffery Hammonds.

However, considering this Yankees 2016 season was going nowhere fast, I embrace the youth movement.

I’m willing to deal with the growing pains and the hope for tomorrow, not holding onto the hope that past performances from aging players will equate to future success.

It’s a shift in philosophy, but ultimately it puts the Yankees on the best path towards future championship success.

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