The Yankees had set themselves up pretty well for the 2018 season when they went into the offseason after a disappointing exit from the postseason at the hands of the Houston Astros.
They had some extremely amazing seasons from their young developing core, from all the major fixtures of a baseball team with outfielder Aaron Judge (8.1 bWAR), starting pitcher Luis Severino (5.3 bWAR), catcher Gary Sanchez (4.1 bWAR), starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (2.9 bWAR), and reliever Chad Green (2.7 bWAR).
Veterans like Brett Gardner (4.9), Aaron Hicks (3.9), Didi Gregorius (3.7), and CC Sabathia (2.8) were the remaining players who collected over 2.0 bWAR for the Yankees in 2017…and all these players were coming back!
They had a wonderful young core and powerful veteran presence, yet Brian Cashman and Co. saw opportunities to make trades with the Miami Marlins and a three-team deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks/Tampa Bay Rays to round out both the MLB roster and add to a diminishing farm system.
Let’s take a quick look at how those prospects from those two trades, and how the former Yankees traded away fared in their first season outside of the Yankees organization.Read More