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The New York Yankees are considered the most storied franchise in Baseball and by some all of professional sports. This is due to the fact that they usually are competitive and that they have won 27 championships. Recent years however have not been so kind to this franchise. Since the Yankees last title in 2009 things have not gone so well for this team. Other teams such as the Blue Jays and Orioles have emerged as serious contenders in the AL east alongside the Yankees and their arch rivals the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees have undergone a rebuild which saw them trade star pitchers such as Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Ivan Nova. They have also lost franchise icons such as Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez to retirement . Another factor that contributed to the rebuild was underachieving players under massive contracts such as Jacoby Ellsbury and C.C Sabathia. The future however isn’t so bleak as some of the trades the Yankees made brought back young impactful players who could quicly make this storied franchise serious contenders in the near future.
In the Andrew Miller trade the Yankees received prospects Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield who both project to be impactful players with Frazier being close to major league ready. The Chapman trade with the Chicago Cubs also brought back some prospects who could help the Yankees in the future including Gleyber Torres. Torres was the Cubs number one prospect in a very strong Cubs minor league system. These young players however are not the only ones giving the Yankees hope for the future.
Even though the Yankees didn’t make the postseason last year the second half of the season provided fans with hope for the future. Prospects such as Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin, and Aaron Judge made their debuts. They all showed glimpses of impressive power however Sanchez was the most impressive as he hit 20 homeruns in just 53 games. At the end of last year these young players performed well and made the Yankees competitive down the stretch even though they were already eliminated from the playoffs. Mixing these young players with players already at the major league level such as Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner, Michael Pineda, and Luis Severino gives the Yankees a bright future. If all these prospects pan out then the Yankees will be back to their competitive ways as this new wave of talent hopes to add more championships to this historic franchise.
Written By: Jamie Gatlin