"You have to know what your opposition is doing and scout outside the organization. At some point you have to decide who are the core players, who are the complimentary guys. Who has value, who should you trade? - John Mirabelli, Cleveland Indians Assistant General Manager
Unlike other general managers who find their hands tied by a barren farm system while trying to improve their team, New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman plays the part of Old McDonald on what many perceive to be a farm full of talent.
Without question, the 2011 Yankees are a team in flux.
Core players such as Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and to some degree Alex Rodriguez have all begun to show signs of slowing down, as age and the wear-and-tear that comes from years of playing start to catch up to them.
After C.C. Sabathia, the Yankees have relied heavily on the arms of re-treads such as Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon in the starting rotation. In the bullpen, after Mariano Rivera and David Robertson, the Yankees have been forced to shuttle pitchers in and out from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to maintain their effectiveness late in games.
Facing a yearly edict of "win now" from ownership, a ravenous fan base and even the local press, Brian Cashman could soon find himself under mounting pressure to make some changes.
If change is indeed coming to the Bronx, chances are that the rosters of their minor league affiliates will be affected as a result.
After the jump, five players who could facilitate that change.