There has been a lot of speculation as to what the New York Yankees will be doing come August 1 (the normal July 31 deadline falls on a Sunday this year, and the league offices will remain closed on the weekend). Rumors of the team shipping away stars like Carlos Beltran, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman have been in the air for the last month or so, and many fans want them to pull the trigger and abandon ship. Selling superstars and rebuilding has been a common thread amongst some teams, but the Yankees have never fallen under that umbrella (no Rihanna pun intended). The Yankees need to hang on to their players, because selling would hurt them more than help them.
The Yankees are currently sitting at a dismal 45-46, 8.5 games out of first place in the American League East. While the signs say that the Yankees should have a yard sale, selling their superstars will hurt them in the end. The two main guys the Yankees would sell are Chapman and Miller, who along with Dellin Betances make up what’s arguably the best bullpen in baseball.
Breaking up the big three, known as “No-Runs DMC”, would cripple an already hurting Yankees team. The bullpen has been one of the lone bright spots this season, as their ability to dominate opponents and shut down games give the Yankees, on paper, a chance to be one of the better teams in baseball. But, that’s what separates the contenders from the pretenders — the Yankees offense has been a weak spot for them, and actually one of the worst in baseball. The “Old Yankees” would hold onto Chapman and then re-sign him this winter when he enters free agency for the first time.
The Yankees offense has been underperforming all year, but one of their lone bright spots has been veteran slugger Carlos Beltran. Beltran is leading the Bronx Bombers in batting average, home runs, RBIs, hits, and basically every other offensive category. There is no denying the fact that he is the reason they are sitting near the .500 mark, and not well below. If the Yankees can turn it around down the stretch, they might have a chance to make the Wild Card Game, which they are five games out of. It wouldn’t make sense for the Yankees to trade away their best player in order to get barley anything in return.
Beltran is an aging slugger who no one thought would be performing at this level so late in his career. He is well past his prime, and many teams trying to make a postseason push see value in him to help them this year. If they trade for him, they wouldn’t give up a major piece or a huge prospect for him, so the Yankees would not get something spectacular in return. Beltran has maybe one or two more years left in the big leagues after his contract with the Yankees is up following this season. Trading their best player in order to get nothing in return? I just don’t see it being a positive trade for the Yankees. Let Beltran finish what’s probably the last great year of his career in New York before he enters free agency,
The Yankees need to hold on to their lone bright spots of this 2016 season. If they let them go, then they will have nothing to play for and get barely anything in return to build for next year. If the Yankees offense decides to come around and start playing like they can, then the Yankees can really make some noise. Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, and Andrew Miller need to remain in pinstripes, and the Yankees can compete for the next few years.