However, with the right moves, that can change quickly. This time last season the Yankees were in a similar situation as the Tigers are now. New York tore down hard at the deadline, making a series of deals that reshaped their organization. They traded half a season of Carlos Beltran for former No. 4 overall pick Dillion Tate. They dealt closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for a series of players including Gleyber Torres, now a top 10 prospect in all of baseball. They got two hard-throwing A-ball pitchers from Houston for catcher Brian McCann, and, best of all for New York, they traded Andrew Miller to Cleveland for a group of players including Justus Sheffield and Clint Frazier.
Sheffield is another former first round pick and Frazier has already come up and in seven games has three homers and two triples. In one trade deadline the Yankees transformed their minor league system and altered the future of their franchise for the better.
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Elite Kids Justin Gilbert Jersey Napoli has a better track record than just about anyone on this list, and he’s certainly playoff-tested. No doubt about that. And he does have 20 home runs this year, even though his average is just .202 and his on-base percentage is only .277 (easily a career worst). The Yankees got rid of a low-average power hitter (though Chris Carter only had eight home runs). The Rangers are still in wild-card contention, though, and it’s not a sure thing that they’d be willing to trade Napoli.
He’s not a primary option, obviously, but he’d be cheap and could fill in at either corner outfield spot when needed. Jaso has a career .356 on-base percentage (though it’s just .314 so far in 2017) and would be another left-handed bat in the lineup. Jaso would almost certainly be available after the July 31 non-waiver deadline, too, so there would be no rush if the Yankees wanted to give the rookies an extended look.