Ayooo, it’s yaboy the M.D. making his triumphant return from his sabbatical to the #BlogLife to bring some heat and spit some real about Brian Cashman’s latest heist: The Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs trade.
It looks like every Yankees fan’s favorite whipping boy is back at it again, wheeling and dealing, making shrewd moves while the rest of the league’s busters are stuck waiting in the dust. The Chapman trade is a perfect manifestation on Cash’s ideologies and tactics over the past several years, swiftly, cogently and under the radar(ly) making moves to set the Yanks up for the future by “transitioning” and not by “rebuilding.”
We saw it with Michael Pineda, when Cash dealt a hot prospect in Jesus Montero, whose turned out to be nothing more than a low key headache for the Marines. We saw it with Nate Eovaldi, who Cash dealt a sold piece (yet replaceable) in MArtin Prado and a bucket of baseballs (David Phelps). We saw it with his greatest recent move dealing Shane Greene for Sir Didi Gregorious. And we most recently saw it when he dealt Adam Warren (hello old friend) for Starlin Castro.
Somehow, under the shade of night, Cashman has become one of the preeminent trading GMs in the MLB. And that came to a head with the Chapman deal…
- In the course of half a year Cashman essentially turned Eric Jagielo, Rookie Davis, Tony Renda and Caleb Cotham into Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Rashad Crawford and Adam Warren… That’s like buying a wining lottery ticket that you couldn’t cash for half a year. And that’s literally turning 4 prospects outside your own organization’s top 10 into 1 elite prospect (Torres is universally thought of as a top 30 prospect league wide at 19 YEARS OLD), another top 10 prospect in a better system, a quality swing pitcher and a throw in with upside potential…
- Looks like Cashman is going to get the last laugh on the league. While evryone scared to pay pennies on the dollar for Chapman in January, Cash was smiling maniacally like James Moriarty looking to exploit a market inefficiency. Say what you want about Cash’s entire tenure with the Yanks, but his talent has been on full display the past half decade in a positive way.
- As a Yanks fan, I’m totally stoked to be cavaliering the “overload on short stop prospects” movement. And I’m extremely excited to see how Jorge Mateo and Gleyber Torres can develop together.
- FWIW: Having too many short stops IS A GOOD THING. They’re the best athletes on the diamond, they take easily to other positions, and they’re usually the most valuable commodity in trades. If you don’t have a short stop, then you need to get one. When you’re socked with three above average ones… Well the ball is entirely in your court.
- Trading Chapman was a no brainer for the Yanks: 1) He wouldn’t sign an extension in season, so there’s always the possibility they would’ve lost him for nothing this winter. 2) This is the highest value Chapman would be at, and his return yielded an exponentially more valuable crop than what was originally given for him. 3) The Yanks are still in position to compete for the playoffs (for at least the next week) with Warren coming back and presumably resuming his past role with the team (granted he can tweak his mechanics) and with Luis Severino stocked in the bullpen.
- And in the case the Yanks are poised to proceed with a fire sale… They’re better positioned than any other team to sell in such a thin market with Beltran and Miller and two enticing starting pitchers (Eovaldi/Pineda)… Cash’s phone will ring off the hook, and he’ll be happy to rob blindly each of his peers.
Sure, these are strange times for Yankees fans… But things done changed… It’s about damn time fans start acting like it and accept the reality of team building in the year 2016. Cause I sure as shit know that I’m PSYCHED to fleece the rest of the league from their prospects.