<
>
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
Get ESPN+

Yankees now have a top-three farm system

play
Kurkjian says it was smart idea for Yanks to fortify farm system (1:33)

Tim Kurkjian explains why it was necessary for the Yankees to get younger and more athletic, and why he doesn't believe they have a long road ahead to get back into playoff contention. (1:33)

The New York Yankees were sellers at the trade deadline for the first time since the K-Pg extinction event, sparking relieved reactions from Yankee fans and lots of misuses of the word "ironic" in the national media.

The result of these trades -- two of their big three relievers, Carlos Beltran and Ivan Nova are all gone -- is that the Yankees have one of the top three farm systems in all of baseball, with the best collection of position-player prospects left in the minors and more talent close to the majors than even the Atlanta Braves or San Diego Padres have.