The New York Yankees are famous for signing big-name free agents. And when you sign big-name free agents, you usually have to forfeit top draft picks. As a result, the Yankees have been criticized within the baseball circles for having a relatively weak farm system, which will make it impossible for them to add impact players before the trade deadline.
However, I've spoken to several general managers in recent weeks who disagree with this sentiment and believe the Yankees have what it takes to make a big deal (or two) this summer if they decide to give team captain Derek Jeter one more shot at October.
With injuries and ineffectiveness plaguing much of their starting rotation, the Yankees need a top-of-the-rotation starter to complement Masahiro Tanaka, as none among CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda or Michael Pineda can be counted on to fill that role at this point.
Of the big-name starters with a chance to be traded this summer, the most appealing are Jeff Samardzija, David Price and Cliff Lee, because they are all signed beyond this year and would not simply be rentals.