Yankees Bring Home A Haul
NEW YORK—At some point, the eight days from July 25 to Aug. 1, 2016, could be viewed either as "The Haul” or "The Big Fall.”
In those eight days, the Yankees dealt:
• Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for three prospects, plus reliever Adam Warren.
• Andrew Miller to the Indians for four prospects.
• Carlos Beltran to the Rangers for three low-level righthanders.
In each deal the Yankees received at least one high-end prospect who strengthened what is an improved minor league system.
The headliner in the Chapman deal with the Cubs was high Class A shortstop Gleyber Torres. In the Miller deal with the Indians it was Triple-A outfielder Clint Frazier, while low Class A righthander Dillon Tate was the big get from the Rangers.
"I am speaking for myself,” general manager Brian Cashman said. "(Trading Chapman) was an easy call, and the right call.”
The Indians made Frazier the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft, and is very aggressive in all phases of the game.
"As this season progressed, (the staff) really thought he made strides,” Indians big league manager Terry Francona said of Frazier. "He has a chance to be a really good power hitter, and we knew that.”
As for the 22-year-old Tate, who was the fourth overall pick in 2015 out of UC Santa Barbara, his combination of a hamstring injury and inconsistent mechanics led to a drop in velocity. Leading up to the 2015 draft, Baseball America regarded him as the best pitcher in his class.
"The leadership that (owner) Hal Steinbrenner showed in making some very difficult decisions for this franchise . . . that’s not easy,” Cashman said. "But I think he showed a great deal of strength and leadership to get us closer to where we need to be, which allows me to get players in here who are going to bring a championship back to this club.”
• The Yankees dealt pending free-agent righthander Ivan Nova to the Pirates at the deadline and were given a list of four minor leaguers from which to make two selections.
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• The Yankees placed high Class A Tampa righthander Domingo Acevedo on the disabled list in early August with a back issue. In nine Florida State League starts, he recorded a 3.30 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 46 innings.