This past season the Yankees did something that really had been a long-time coming. They committed to a youth movement. It actually started last season with the Greg Bird and Luis Severino call-ups, but this year the Yankees took it a step further by trading productive veterans for prospects at the deadline. We haven’t seen them do that in nearly three decades.
A result of those trades gives the Yanks one of the best farm systems in baseball. Depending what happens with Brett Gardner and Brian McCann this offseason, it’s entirely possible Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley will be the only players over 27 in the starting lineup come Opening Day next year. The Yankees could have youngsters all over the field. That’s exciting!
You know what else is exciting? Trading a whole bunch of those prospects for Mike Trout. Yes, I typed that, Mike f**king Trout!! Think about it, what better player is there to build around going forward than the best player on the planet, who himself turned only 25 four months ago? There isn’t one. Trout’s not just great. He’s well on his way to being in the inner circle of the inner circle of the Hall of Fame. A generational talent, indisputably. The Angels will ask for a king’s ransom. The Yankees are now in a position to satisfy the Angels who simply with Trout, aren’t a good team.
Anaheim has given zero indication Trout is available. Angels GM Billy Eppler, who spent all those years as Brian Cashman‘s right-hand man, said last year Trout “means too much to this clubhouse, community, organization,” to trade. And he’s right. It’d be like trading Derek Jeter. Take Trout away from the Angels and they’re in worse shape than any team we’ve seen in a very long time. Their situation is that dire.
But just for a moment think…What if? Only 2 months and 27 days 'til pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training!
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