New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team should not be ashamed in becoming sellers at the trade deadline to rebuild for the future.
Speaking before Monday's Subway Series, Cashman spoke to reporters about the Yankees' several trades, which saw them trade away relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, outfielder Carlos Beltran and starting pitcher Ivan Nova for packages of prospects.
"We're trying to get back to a situation where we can build an uber team and a sustainable one," Cashman said on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
While this is the first time since the late 1980s the Yankees have been sellers at the deadline, Cashman said he hopes the Yankees can continue to build for the future.
"We've been contending for a long time, and we are damn proud of that," Cashman said, according to the Wall Street Journal's Jared Diamond. "That's a hell of a run. That run of contention and being legitimately considered a team that could win a championship on a year-in-and-year-out basis has gone on for a long time. There's, from my perspective, no shame in anything we tried to address today."
The Yankees traded Beltran to the Texas Rangers for three pitching prospects, including Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. Though Tate, 22, has struggled in Low-A this year, Cashman called him a "great buy low situation," according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand. Tate will be a reliever for Low-A Charleston when he joins the Yankees organization, but that may not be a permanent stay, according to Newsday's Laura Albanese.
To replace Beltran's bat in the lineup, Cashman said several minor leaguers, including Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin will likely get a chance in the majors, according to Diamond, and Judge, 24, is set to return from injury on Tuesday, according to Albanese.
"Brian Cashman and his staff are trying to put this team in a good position to have a long run of not just playing well, but winning championships," manager Joe Girardi said, according to Marchand. "I think this is what this organization is about. It is not about being a second wild card team and winning one game or losing one. We want championships. That is what we have always been about."
Including Judge, Sanchez and Jorge Mateo, the Yankees restocked their farm system by acquiring SS Gleyber Torres from the Chicago Cubs and OF Clint Frazier and LHP Justus Sheffield from the Cleveland Indians, all of whom are among MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects.
By rebuilding their farm system, Cashman said the Yankees can have a new mentality heading into the future.
"The chessboard that's lined up that we're playing is not the same chessboard that we were playing back when I just started in the late `80s," Cashman said, according to the AP. "It's a recognition of how the industry's completely different today and the operating standards are completely different today, and there's just a sounder recognition of that. And if you want to become a super team, there's certain ways to go about that that you have to strongly consider. And although they may be tough decisions, the one thing the Yankees have always stood for and do stand for is the effort in trying to become a super team."