Sunday, July 12, 2015
Posted by el duque at 6:59 AM
By then, the Yankees will be three games into the Rob Refsnyder Project, which ends the Age of Drew at the bottom of the order. But a new time will begin: The annual Cashman Makeover.
Cashman will be overturning tin cans in the scrap yard and poking GMs on Facebook, looking to hook up and deal Yankee prospects for - well - who knows?
Lately, it's become a parlor game across the Yankiverse to speculate on who will join the team - Paplebon, or Hamel, or one of the Reds pitchers - and who we will surrender: Gary Sanchez, Ramon Flores, Aaron Judge, or all of the above. The only encouraging thing about this is that it never happens exactly as projected. You can love or hate Cashman - I do both - but one thing you cannot say is that he is predicable in trades.
But he's not infallible either. The YES propaganda mill can endlessly spin the virtues of Chasen Shreve, but if Manny Banuelos keeps pitching as he has for the Braves, last winter's trade of the two (with David Carpenter, whose name won't turn up in YES blovations) will go down as a full-blown disaster.
If we were in second, a full makeover might look wise. But we will be in first when Cashman starts the plastic surgery. Three weeks to the trading deadline. Will the Refsnyder Project still be in effect?