For the first time in over 25 years, the New York Yankees are becoming sellers in the MLB Trade Deadline. At first, a deal took place in which the Bronx Bombers sold off Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in return for a handful of prospects.
As just recently reported, the Yankees have also decided to strike a deal with the Cleveland Indians in which they will give away relief pitcher Andrew Miller.
In return, the team shall receive four total players, including prospects such as outfielder Clint Frazier and pitcher Justus Sheffield.
Clint Frazier was one of the Indians top 3 prospects heading into 2016. He has spent a majority of the season in Double-A, hitting .276 with 13 home runs, 48 RBIs and 13 SB in 89 total games.
The 21-year old was listed the 21st best prospect back in his high school days, and eventually ESPN would rank him as the 34th best prospect available.
Justus Sheffield happens to be the Indians number five prospect. Nephew of Yankees former All-Star Gary Sheffield, he is not afraid of the spotlight.
The starting pitcher has some developing to do, as he usually hits around 92-93 on his fastball, but can get up to 95-96 on occasion.
The 20-year old has a 7-5 record for 2016, as he’s posted a 3.59 ERA as well. In 26 starts last season, he was 9-4 with a 3.31 ERA.
Ben Heller is another name to look out for, as he was also dealt to the Yankees in this trade. Heller has been in the minor leagues since 2013, but has posted impressive stats in 2016.
Heller is currently 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA for 2016, and dating back to 2014, he was 5-1 with a 2.38 ERA.
The right-handed pitcher most likely will not see much, or any time on the starting mound for the Yankees, but they may utilize him as a relief pitcher for the 5th or 6th inning down the road.
The last player that was dealt to the Yankees in this fire sale was pitcher J.P. Feyereisen. The young stud has only been in the minors for three years now, but he is another prospect with loads of potential.
In 2016, he has a record of 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA. While the record may not be amazing, just look at that ERA. Back in 2014 (his rookie season), he went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 15 total games.
Andrew Miller may have been a blockbuster name to give away, but the Yankees are making the right moves in order to set themselves up for the future.
The prospects listed are the cornerstone of this franchise, and Yankees Nation should be excited about the names coming in.