The Yankees will almost certainly head in to Spring Training without making any further roster moves, GM Brian Cashman said recently.
"Realistically, the trade front has been the more active conversations, not that there's anything pending," Cashman said, according to Byran Hoch of MLB.com. "I do believe we're at 99.9 percent plus that what we have is what we're going to camp with, but you have to continue to stay engaged."
The Yankees have had interest in trading for Pirates LHP Jose Quintana, but Cashman said the price tags on certain players have been exorbitant.
"I'm willing to put some high-end prospects on the table to get deals done, and I have done that so far this winter," Cashman said. "But the price tags out there are even higher than that."
DH/OF Matt Holliday and LH reliever Aroldis Chapman have been the Yankees' major acquisitions so far this offseason.
The Yankees lack depth in terms of experience in the starting rotation and in a couple of positions in the field (first base and right field), but the club might be better off relying heavily on the youngsters in the system in 2017.
Forget about the cost to obtain elite starting pitching and impact bats -- whether it be in the free agent or the trade market -- the key for the Yankees is finally taking the opportunity to fully evaluate the system at the major league level in a season in which they are not expected to be knocking on the playoff door.
The organization can benefit from assessing their stable of young starting pitchers in 2017 -- Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell, and Luis Severino -- with potential looks at Dietrich Enns and Jordan Montgomery.
The organization will also gain more information concerning their top position prospects -- Clint Frazier, Aaron Judge, Jorge Mateo, and Gleyber Torres among them --making it easier to determine if the team should continue to steer clear of the trade/open market or feel more comfortable jumping into it to obtain top players for the 2018 season and beyond.