Friday, July 31, 2015

The Plan Is Simple, Now Execute It

The New York Yankees went into this season’s July 31st trade deadline with four prospects in mind that they absolutely would not trade. Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, Jorge Mateo and Greg Bird is the list now being called the “untouchable four” and for good reason, they are four of the top Yankees prospects in the entire farm system. The problem for New York is that you have to give something to get something and when you take four of your Top 10, for some Top 5, prospects off the board you’re going to have to watch and see Cole Hamels go to Texas, Johnny Cueto go to Kansas City and David Price head to Toronto. The good news is the Yankees have a plan to remain atop the American League East Division and the plan is simple, now execute it.

The plan is simple, if you’re not going to trade Severino and others then you need to use them. The Yankees have a huge question mark in Ivan Nova right now and the team already lost Michael Pineda at least for a month, if not longer leaving the need for pitching higher than it has been in 2015. Severino is fresh off a start where he struck out 10 batters for the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, ride the momentum, ride the confidence train and call him up to be the season’s savior for lack of a better term.

The plan is simple, Stephen Drew sucks and Brendan Ryan will suck in a large enough sample size but Robert Refsnyder definitely does not suck. Not yet anyway, he actually looked good in his short debut/showcase but the sample size works in both directions unfortunately. Calling up Refsnyder adds an average-first bat with pop at the bottom of the lineup and breaks up all the left-handed batters that tend to hit consecutively down there.

Adding Severino and Refsnyder to an already talented team that is in first place makes the team not only the favorites in the American League East but maybe in the whole American League. It’s a simple plan, we just need Brian Cashman to sign off on it and then execute it. That or pull off a big trade a la Ninja Cashman in this final hour and a half before the deadline. 


  1. I don't think this makes them favorites in the AL east, and find that pineda's injury seemed to be a blow coming when other teams were getting stronger. The next month is huge. I think it's about time to bring up the kids and let them play.

    1. Welcome to the site Spade, hope to see more of you around here.

      Price and Tulo make a big difference but the yankees had the best record in July with Pineda, Nova and Tanaka battling with consistency. Yankees just need to get into October, then it's a new season.

  2. And there you have it elf fans on why he sucks. You have to give to get and he once again overvalued his prospects. Stop making Scranton the expressway to NY everyday. If you won't mske a move them bring up the kids now. I knew the elf couldn't pull off anything of significance

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  4. Hans

    Severino will be up this weekend, watch it. Refsnyder won't be far behind with Ryan DFAd


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