Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Yankees' deadline moves
On the ending of July, the New York Yankees made some big trades giving away RPs Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and RF Carlos Beltran.
In the Chapman trade, he went to the Chicago Cubs for the Cubs' top prospect, shortstop Gleyber Torres, OFs Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford and RP Adam Warren. The 19 year-old Torres was recently ranked the 27th best prospect in the MLB by Baseball America and no. 34 by Baseball Prospectus. Torres is hitting 275/359/433 in High Class A this year. Mckinney was part of the trade that sent Addison Russell to the Cubs. He shows potential to be the next Brett Gardner. Crawford has some speed and can play center but he owns a career OPS of .674 and is yet to play above High A. Warren is a RP/SP who came up in the Yanks organization and was traded for 2b Starlin Castro in the offseason. For the Cubs, they got the hardest thrower in the MLB and a outstanding closer.
In the Miller trade, he was dealt to the Cleveland Indians for their top prospect, OF Clint Frazier, LHP Justus Sheffield plus two right handers Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen.
Fraizer and Sheffield are top 100 prospects and Heller and Feyereisen don't have much potential. Frazier has 14 HRs and 52 RBIs with a 271 BA. between AA and AAA this year. Sheffield has a 3.38 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 106.2 IP this year in advanced A. For the Indians, they get a left handed closer with a super nasty slider.
In the Beltran trade, the Yanks got right-hander SP Dillon Tate, plus prospects Nick Green and Erik Swanson. Tate has a 4.82 ERA and a WHIP of 1.61 in 71 IP this year. The Rangers got an outfielder who already announced his retirement after this year but he's known to be one of the best postseason hitters in MLB history.
That's it for the blockbuster deals but the Yankees also made a minor trade acquiring RP Tyler Clippard from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Vicente Campos.
The Yankees now have 7 prospects on MLB's top 100 list. Tate isn't on this list. no. 20 is Frazier, no. 22 is Torres, no. 23 is SS Jorge Mateo, no. 27 is RF Aaron Judge, no. 34 is C Gary Sanchez, no. 58 is OF Blake Rutherford and no. 89 is Sheffield.