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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/1/16

Farm system might be best in MLB; Team unhappy to see Miller go; Scouting the prospects involved in the Miller trade; NYY one step closer to brighter future and title; Selling signals end of the rich teams winning; Four teams interested in Beltran

Popeye the Frazier man sure eats his spinach!
Popeye the Frazier man sure eats his spinach!
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Around the Empire | Jim Callis: After the Chapman and Miller trades, the Yankees farm system has been completely revamped and revitalized. But could it now actually be the top system in Major League Baseball? The Yankees are one of only two teams (the other being the Astros) with seven players in MLB's Top 100 prospects. Even if that doesn't make them the best, it's exciting to hear the Yankees system talked about as one of the best.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: The Yankees players are not happy the team traded Andrew Miller away but they understand they have no one to blame but themselves. If the team played better, then the Yankees would be buying instead of selling and Miller would likely still be a Yankee.

FanGraphs | Eric Longenhagen: Taking a look at and scouting the prospects the Yankees acquired from the Indians for Miller. There's good stuff in here about how Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield project to be "average-or-better" and how Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen (aka Fire Island) are potential relievers, but mainly I want to highlight this: "Because of the superhuman circumference of his biceps and his generally muscular physique, Frazier is most often body-comped to Popeye the Sailor Man."

ESPN | Andrew Marchand: Miller was the ideal player that a team would want to employee, teammates would want to play with and fans would want to root for. However, the timing with Miller and the Yankees was just off. The Yankees would not be legitimate contenders with Miller on the team, so they needed to maximize his value and trade him for the future. And by doing that, Miller still helped the Yankees in the quest for their next championship. With the future now looking bright, #28 is one step closer.

Fox Sports | Dieter Kurtenbach: The Yankees accepting their roles as sellers in this market signals an end of an era where the teams that spent the most money would always win games. While money can still buy talent and wins, it's not as much of a guarantee as it once was.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: While there were reports last week that teams didn't have heavy interest in Carlos Beltran. It seems with the Yankees in sell-mode and the actual deadline approaching the interest is rising. Four teams are reportedly in the hunt for Beltran's services. The Astros, Indians, Rangers, and surprisingly the Red Sox could all use a veteran bat and presence to help solidify their playoff push and have inquired on Beltran. Moncada for Beltran?

Fun Questions

  • Miller trade: yay/nay/shut up I'm not done crying yet?
  • Which other Yankees do you think will no longer be on the team as of 4pm?

Song of the Day

I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

It's Breakup Week on Pinstripe Alley. Yeah it is, Greg. Today's song, well is dedicated to Andrew Miller. Game. Endered. Sigh. Link us your songs or whatever, I guess.