Thursday, December 10, 2015
Posted by el duque at 10:29 AM
We lost Jake Cave to the Reds, and what stings more deeply is that he was the second player picked, which means he was probably a goner from the gitgo. Cave looked like a nice, up-and-coming outfielder, and it's rare for the Yankees to have enough of them to be worth protecting.
Later, the Braves took LHP Evan Rutcky, one of the Cecil B. DeMille cast of thousands who patrolled the Yankee farm system's bullpens. I figure that's an outgrowth of Gordon Blakely, a former Yankee scout, who moved to Atlanta last year and has steadily acquired ex-Yankee bodies (Adonis Garcia, Zolio Almonte, Manny Banuelos.)
Obviously, other teams saw something in these players.
Now, you could argue that the headline up top is wrong: It's good when other teams covet our prospects. Plus, there is no guarantee the Yankees will lose either guy. Both must last the full season with their teams, and I'm not sure either is ready.
Ivan Nova was once drafted by San Diego, but they had to return him, because he couldn't throw strikes.
Trouble is, both the Reds and Braves are so bad that if they see anything, they might keep these guys just to build for the future and stick to the goddamm Yankees.
Monday... December 7, 2015... was a day that will live in infamy. We traded Adam Warren. Today, eh, not good... but maybe not so bad.