First off, if you don’t understand the title, you are really young. It was the 1999 Yankees playoff theme song in which Z100 played on the radio at least once an hour. Anyway, the 2017 season has kind of been a surprise to me personally for the Yankees. After trading away most big name guys, a pretty weak starting rotation and just an overall young team, I expected the Yankees to compete but miss out of the playoffs. Boy was I wrong. As of July 28th, the New York Yankees are half a game of out first place in the division and hold a 1 game lead on the first wild card spot. But do they have enough to stay in the playoff race and make a deep run?
Honestly, I from the offensive side of the ball, I will say yes, they have guys who get on base, they have guys who drive in runs and guys who hit home runs. After making a trade to bring Todd Frazier to New York along with Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson, the Yankees helped shore up their offense and bullpen. But what about the starting pitching? In all fairness, Severino and CC are both doing a lot better than we expected them both to do. Severino in 20 starts is 7-4 with a 3.03 ERA while CC in 17 starts is 9-3 with a 3.66 ERA. As for the other 3 spots, Tanaka has been very subpar, Jordan Montgomery has been serviceable but with a revolving door at the 5th spot, a move needs to be made.
Yankees GM, Brian Cashman has been very open about not wanting to part ways with any of the Yankees top prospects. Honestly, I don’t blame him. On a year that wasn’t started with high expectations from anybody, not just myself. Trading away future studs to try and win now is just a bad idea for the Yankees. More of a reason for Cashman to start to hang the phone up on Oakland and Texas when they call and offer Sonny Gray and Yu Darvish. First and foremost with Darvish, he’s a free agent at the end of the 2017 season. Why give guys who can really fill spots in the futures for a guy you may lose at the end of the season? I’d also stay away from Sonny Gray. Not because of this talent, but because he’s 27 years old and still has a couple of years of control on his contract. Bill Beane will want the world for him. For example, as per rumors, Beane has already asked for either Torres or Frazier AND Mateo or Florial.
Personally, I think the Yankees need to stay put. In AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees have a kid named Chance Adams. Despite being only 22, this kid has a lot of upside. I think with the solid bullpen the Yankees, it gives Adams a chance to be loose, don’t worry about coming up here and being dominated, come up and do your thing. If the Yankees are to make a move, it should be for a less piece to add to the back end of the rotation. Two names that come to mind are Jason Vargas of Royals and Lance Lynn of the Cardinals. Vargas is a 34 year Vet who is currently having a solid season the KC Royals. Currently slotted at the second wild card spot in the American League, it will be interesting to see which way the Royals go at the deadline. With most of the team becoming free agents at the end of the offseason, I can see them looking to move pieces, even in August through the waiver Trade Dealine. Lance Lynn is another interesting available name. The Cardinals sit just 4.5 out of the division and 7.5 out of the wild card in the National league. Being as how he is a free agent at the end of the season, the Cards can hold on to him and look for the best deal possible. I do believe that Lynn’s value isn’t as high as Darvish or Gray, but I do think a mid-top level prospect would be needed to get him away from the Cards.
At the end of the day, like I said earlier, I think the Yankees should stay put for this season. If they end up bringing up Adams and Tanaka can turn it around and be the Tanaka of old, they have a solid rotation. I think they will stay in the playoff race all season and shouldn’t make any drastic changes. Especially to the highly talented farm system.