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Blast from the Past: Brian Cashman pulls off historic sell-job

MLB Analyst Jared Smith breaks down Yankees trade deadline moves

Brian Cashman (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Brian Cashman (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)


Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard are both Yankees. Jon Niese is a Met.

Do not adjust your screens, this is not a blast from the past, we’re still in the year 2016.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way and we’ve had a full 48 hours to digest this year’s trade-deadline madness, how about a round of applause for Brian Cashman…[clap, clap, clap]….

Not only did Cash pull off one of the most epic fire sales in MLB history, he somehow convinced the Yankees brain trust it was the right thing to do, despite years of floating in mediocrity thanks to a vicious cycle of aging stars and bloated contracts.

The Yankees did what they had to do, get younger. They sold from a position of strength to fill a weakness. They made smart and sound business decisions.

The team had a very deep bullpen, which made Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman expendable for the right price. Both prices were met thanks to bountiful offers from the Indians and Cubs.

Carlos Beltran’s contract was expiring at the end of the season, so in exchange for a 2-month rental, the Yankees got back the 4th overall pick in last year’s draft Dillon Tate.

The crazy part is, Brian might not be done just yet. I fully expect Brian McCann to be traded at some point this year back to the Atlanta. The Georgia native will surely clear waivers and the Braves need a veteran guy behind the dish to bring along their stable of young arms.

That would make 4 big ticket items the Yankees have moved off the shelves this year.  To put that in perspective, the last time the Bronx Bombers shipped a star player out of town was way back in 1989 when The Boss dealt Ricky Henderson to the Athletics.

Brian Cashman was still an assistant back then, flash forward 27 years and he now has full control over an organization that has made a necessary course correction with how they are going to build a team.

Like most good things, they will come to those who wait. So don’t expect the Yankees to be back on top again in 2017.

My best guess would be the team will turn a corner in the 2018 season, and then be positioned to make a run at such free agents like Bryce Harper, Jose Fernandez and Manny Machado in the offseason. Thus be contenders for the World Series in 2019.

That’s the track Brian Cashman has put his team back on with his trade-deadline maneuvering. The Yankees now lay claim to 7 of the top 100 prospects according to Baseball America, 3 of them were acquired at the trade deadline.

#19 Jorge Mateo, SS

#21 Clint Frazier, OF (Acquired from CLE in Miller trade)

#27 Gleyber Torres, SS (Acquired from CHC in Chapman trade)

#36 Gary Sanchez, C (Called up from minors on Wednesday)

#42 Aaron Judge, OF

#69 Justus Sheffield, LHP (Acquired from CLE in Miller trade)

#100 James Kaprielian, RHP

Brian Cashman wants to rebuild a dynasty and leave a lasting legacy in the Bronx.  It starts with a young core, something the Yankees now have.

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