By JED WEISBERGER
Over the last few years, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has leaned heavily on accumulating as many pitching prospects as he can.
July 31, 2016 – Sending OF-DH Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers for right-handers Dillon Tate, Erik Swanson and Nick Green.
While Beltran retired after the 2017 season, helping Texas win the American League West. Tait is 2-2, 3.48 with Double-A Trenton and improving. Swanson has burst on the scene with a 6-0, 0.97 mark with Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Green is 4-1, 2.38 at Class-A Advanced Tampa with 46 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.
“We want to develop our own pitching,’’ Cashman has said several times. “You never have enough arms in your system.”
An NL East scout looked at this trade as well.
“If the Yankees are looking to add a guy like (Cole) Hamels this season, I’d bet Texas might take the three they traded for Beltran back.
November 16, 2016 – Sending C Brian McCann to Houston for right-hander Albert Abreu and RHP Jorge Guzman.
The Yankees did both McCann and the Astros a favor to make room for Gary Sanchez. McCann was a perfect addition and helped the Astros win a World Series. Abreu, who has hit 101 with his fastball, is 1-1 5.40 at Tampa after recovering from an appendectomy. He will get stronger as the year goes on. Guzman helped Cashman get Giancarlo Stanton and is now Miami’s No. 3 prospect and is 0-1, 2.75 at Class-A Advanced Jupiter.
Gary Denbo, now Miami’s Director of Player Development, who worked in a similar position with the Yankees for several years, wanted Guzman on the swap.
July 31, 2016 – Sending LHP Andrew Miller to Cleveland for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Ben Heller and RHP J.P. Feyereisen.
Miller is one of the bullpen’s best, but he was victimized by Greg Bird with a key home run helped turn an American League Division Series last fall. Sheffield, back after a short stint on the disabled list, is 1-3, 2.01 in eight starts between Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and could make his Yankees debut later this season. Heller, who had Tommy John Surgery last month and will miss the 2018 season, was 1-0, 0.82 in nine appearances with the Yankees in 2017, while Feyereisen is 2-1. 2.18 in 13 appearances with SWB and may see action in The Bronx later this season.
Aug. 31, 2016 – Sending OF Ben Gamel to Seattle for RHPs Juan DePaula and Jio Orozco. Gamel has found his spot with the Mariners, which is excellent because there was no spot for him with the Yankees. DePaula is in Extended Spring Training, while Orozco is getting his feet wet with Class-A Charleston, where he is 0-1, 4.50 after his first start. He was scheduled to make his second start May 24, but the game was rained out.
Cashman had also picked up a few other kids, such as RHP Juan Then, who has three pitches which are expected to develop; and a raw-but-talented named Domingo German in the ill-fated Nate Eovaldi swap Dec. 22, 2014.
Those all have fit in with Chance Adams, Freicer Perez, Luis Medina and others the Yankees signed. Cashman’s approach in this area makes a lot of sense.