Prospect watchers rejoice. In a Q&A with (friend of TYA) the Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig, Yankee GM Brian Cashman laid out in no uncertain terms that there are a few prospects who he will not look to trade for starting pitching help this season. Here’s the exchange:
3. Does much of that work the past few years give you confidence you’ll have the chips to trade for a pitcher?
I have enough chips. But if people want to demand certain bullets, those certain bullets I’m not going to shoot. … There are untouchables here.
4. You talking about your young pitchers?
You can figure them out. But there are certain guys. Like Phil Hughes. I said publicly I wouldn’t want to trade Phil Hughes. I stopped trade discussion on Hughes on (Johan) Santana because he was a rare, special guy. And he’s proven that out. He’s helped us win a World Series in the bullpen, he won 18 games last year, and we have certain guys we think are potentially even better than he is. That excites us.
Clearly, he’s referring to the Killer B’s of Brackman, Betances and Banuelos and the impression they’ve made thus far in camp. He may also be referring to Jesus Montero, in that the Yanks have seen enough strides defensively in camp to pencil him in behind the plate for the rest of this decade. But how seriously should we take this report? If for example, the Florida Marlins decided to make Josh Johnson available, would Brian find himself eating these words? How about King Felix? In both cases, I have to think the answer is clearly yes. Both pitchers are currently unavailable, so in the world that Brian is currently dealing with, he can say with credibility that his top three pitching prospects are off the table. He won’t be trading any of these guys for Brett Myers, and he shouldn’t. But he’s already offered Montero twice for elite pitching (Lee/Halladay) so it’s difficult to argue he wouldn’t do it again.
But while the Killer Bs may be untouchable now, these things can change quickly. A poor showing in the first half of the season from any one of the Killer Bs could hurt their value. Prospects are often like stocks, whose value can be high one minute and down the next, or an injury later can become worthless. Nobody has a crystal ball, but if a player has the ability to be a starter on a championship level team and be under team control for 6 seasons, that’s highly attractive. But you also have to ask some questions. Are the Yanks in position to win a championship this year? We as Yankee fans always assume they are, but in the middle of 2008 you would act differently than you would in 2010, when you offered Montero for Lee. You have to weigh these things on a case by case basis, for both the short and long term benefit of the franchise.
From a negotiating standpoint, he’s doing the right thing. Saying there are certain places he won’t go puts it into the mind of the other party that if he were to go back on that, it would be a huge concession on his part, and that no more concessions would be forthcoming. In the art of a deal, Brian is playing this correctly. Also, from the long term perspective of the franchise you’d be better off getting a less expensive rental option and holding on to these chips. But make no mistake, players like King Felix and Josh Johnson are elite, unique talents. Even in a best case scenario, it’s doubtful any of the Killer Bs would approach their level. So the Killer B’s are absolutely, unquestionably off the table. Sort of.
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