NEW YORK- When Yankee fans all over the country tuned in to ESPN to watch coverage of Major League Baseball’s trade deadline, they saw a team idle in its pursuit to find pitching. Yankee fans watched as the team traded away a well liked prospect in Ramon Flores for Dustin Ackley, a less defensive, slightly more offensive player than Stephen Drew. While most fans do not like Drew, they will find that Ackley hardly makes a difference from the output they are receiving from both Drew and Brendan Ryan.
That being said, for the first time since 1996, the Yankees have decided to hold on to their top prospects: Judge, Severino, Bird, Mateo, Sanchez, Kapreilian, and Refsnyder.
So, why are Yankee fans upset at the decision to keep the prospects?
Yankees fans feel like this is their year. At the time of the deadline the yankees were seven games ahead of the Blue Jays. After the Jays made two blockbuster deals to receive Price and Tulowitzki, Yankees fans began to notice their rivals from the north. When the deadline passed, Yankee fans found themselves upset by the lack of moves made at the deadline. Perhaps that was the best move.
Since making his debut in the majors, Luis Severino has given the Yankees three solid starts. Coincidentally, those 3 starts occurred during the Yankees small hitting slump. While Severino might be 0-2, he boasts an ERA of 3.18 while giving up less than 4ER in each start. Severino also proved that he has the stuff to succeed at a major league level. Severino struck out nine Blue Jays while holding them to a modest 3 runs.
Let’s face it, Garrett Jones was not cutting it as a suitable backup first basemen. Typically known as a power hitter, Jones slacked in all offensive categories, (.217/.251/.361).
Greg Bird was called up to replace the failing Jones. The Yankees need a strong backup for the aging Teixeira. Bird has done nothing but excite. In the seven games since being called up, the Yankees have gone 6-1, and Bird has posted strong offensive numbers, (.333/.368/.722). Bird will be a nice complement to Teixeira and provide strong games for when Teixeira needs a day off.