Thanks to a stretch in which the Yankees have won 9 out of their last 11 contests, the Bombers have regained sole possession of first place in the AL East. Still though, the club had some holes to fill entering Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Namely, the club needed a first baseman, some relievers, and most importantly, more starting pitchers.
Two of these holes were patched in a massive trade with the Chicago White Sox, one which netted the Yankees Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle, and David Robertson. Still, the gap in the starting rotation still loomed large.
The Yankees addressed their rotation in a big way though, making two separate trades. First, they traded prospect pitchers Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns to Minnesota for veteran southpaw Jaime Garcia and cash. Then, in the blockbuster move of the Trade Deadline, the Yankees pulled the trigger and acquired talented young righthander Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for three good prospects in Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler, and James Kaprielian.
While these trades saw the Yankees bid goodbye to some high-upside prospects, both trades were undoubtedly wins for the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman, who fleeced opposing GMs once again. Let’s break down what these two trades both mean for the Yankees for both 2017 and beyond.