2016 Yankees Season Not Defined By Final Results. They Have Already Won.

The 2016 New York Yankees have had a season as frustrating as any. From their 9-17 start, to getting within one game of the wild card. The Yankees have toyed with Yankees fans hearts all season long. Yankee fans expect to make the post season every year. The accept nothing less than excellence, and that is why this franchise is the best in all of sports. However, regardless of the outcome this season the 2016 New York Yankees have already won.

Coming into the season the Yankees had a farm system that had some promising young talent, but was still considered to be an average minor league system. The Yankees used trades to their advantage. Below is a list of who they traded, and who they got.


  1. Aroldis Chapman
  2. Andrew Miller
  3. Carlos Beltran
  4. Ivan Nova
  5. Ben Gamel
  6. Justin Wilson

Received: (and their respective ranking)

  1. Clint Frazier- Yankees #1 
  2. Gleyber Torres- Yankees #2 
  3. Justus Sheffield- Yankees #7 
  4. Dillion Tate- Yankee #11
  5. Billy McKinney- Yankee #16
  6. Starlin Castro-MLB
  7. Ben Heller- MLB Level
  8. Chad Geeen- Yankees #21
  9. Luis Cessa- Unranked
  10. JP Feyereisen- Unranked
  11. Rashad Crawford- Unranked
  12. Tito Polo- Unranked
  13. Stephen Tarpley- Unranked
  14. Jio Orozco- Unranked
  15. Juan De Paula- Unranked
  16. Erik Swanson- Unranked
  17. Nick Green- Unranked

The haul of that the Yankees got for two rentals, one great relief pitcher, a shaky starter, and a fourth outfielder is astounding. The Yankees now are in the argument as having the deepest, and the strongest minor league system in all of baseball. 

The Yankees used the haul of prospects that they got in these trades to mesh together with an already strong nucleus of young talent. Combine the talent the Yankees received, and put it together with strong young prospects; such as, Sanchez, Judge, Severino, Bird, Mateo, Rutherford, Kapreilian, Fowler, Adams, Montgomery, and many more.

By the end of 2018 the only ugly contract left on the books will be Jacoby Ellsbury. The Yankees have already started a rebuilding process and have competed while doing it! The ‘baby bombers’ are growing in experience with each and every new game. They are gaining invaluable lessons as they compete for a playoff position. 

The Yankees are now set up to compete for the next two seasons while they rebuild. The Yankees will figure out what they have in the minors, and use the most talented free agency class of all time in 2018 to fill in their holes.

The Yankees have the making of a nucleus that could give them the power to compete for a World Series title every single year. 2016 was the start of the next great Yankee dynasty. 

Regardless of final records, playoff hopes, and statistics. The 2016 Yankees have already won. Anything they do from this point on is a plus. Expect growing pains for the Yankees over th next couple of seasons, but allow these players the chance to develop and the Yankees will soon be back on top of baseball once again.


Author: David Rinehart

Die hard Yankees fan! Grew up rooting for the dynasty the Yankees built in the 90's.

7 thoughts on “2016 Yankees Season Not Defined By Final Results. They Have Already Won.”

  1. Your articles are so informative and right to the point. You look at the Yankees through the eyes of a true Yankee fan. Your style is honest and fair. I wish the writers for the NY Post and NY Daily News were like that!

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  2. So happy I found this site. I am a diehard Yankee fan since 1978. You are clearly well informed and clearly know what you are talking about. Put the site in my favorites……What do you think the chances are that Hank and/or Hal get impatient and tell cashman to flip this young talent for someone like Sale? I really hope not. We are finally on the right track and to empty the farm is a typical Yankee approach from years past. I have read that Hank wants to get under the luxury tax but he has said that before and he ended up blowing past it anyway….

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    1. Thank you for your comments! Very much appreciated! I do think there is an opportunity the Yankees move some prospects this off season. I am OK with trading some prospects for a potential upgrade, but not top prospects. I do think the Yankees are always opens to deals, so it’s definitely possible. I hope not!


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