Before today's game, the Yankees were three games up on the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. The team will almost certainly not sell at the deadline, and will probably be a buyer. The Yankees have one the top three farm systems in baseball, so they have plenty to sell. But who should the Yankees try and sell? Ideally, a team should trade from depth. The Yankees should try and trade players whom play positions already covered on the roster or by better prospects. Here are the top three redundant prospects in the Yankee organization:
1. OF Dustin Fowler
On most teams, Dustin Fowler would be in the major leagues right now. He currently leads the International League in total bases thanks to a .310/.348/.583 slash line. Fowler will almost certainly shoot up the mid-season prospect rankings. He was already well known for his Gold Glove-caliber defense, but Fowler is looking more and more like a strong major league hitter on top of it. It's not hard to squint at Fowler and see Curtis Granderson. He'll return value.
Problem is, the Yankees don't have a place to play Fowler any time soon. Aaron Judge is locked into right field for a decade. Jacoby Ellsbury isn't going anywhere. I've advocated for trading Brett Gardner, but that seems unlikely as well. Aaron Hicks has been one of the best outfielders in the league. Short of an injury, there's no place to play Fowler. On top of that, the Yankees have a better prospect in Clint Frazier also playing well at Triple-A.
2. 3b Miguel Andujar
Andujar has had a successful season so far, hitting .284/.311/.460 in a notoriously tough ballpark for right-handed hitters. He plays a strong third base. Andujar has the skills to be a major league third basemen. Unfortunately, he's not even likely to be a Triple-A third baseman for some time, because Gleyber Torres is blocking him, and Torres is himself blocked by Chase Headley and Starlin Castro.
Unlike Fowler, Andujar isn't going to return a ton of value by himself, but he's a typical #2 prospect in any trade deadline deal. He's such a glaring trade candidate that I'd be shocked if he weren't traded in July.
3. SS Tyler Wade
Tyler Wade should be in the major leagues. He's almost certainly a better player than Ronald Torreyes is right now. Wade is up to .294/.365/.428 with 13 steals. He's on track for by far his best minor league season, playing shortstop and center field competently, and he's just 22 years old.
I think the Yankees should immediately call up Wade, but it's easy to understand why they haven't. He's not going to displace Didi Gregorius at shortstop. Long term, Gleyber Torres is a fine insurance policy. Farther down Thairo Estrada and Hoy Jun Park provide plenty of depth at shortstop. Wade is probably more valuable to another baseball team than the Yankees.