Yankees' trade chips are highlight of low season

Aroldis Chapman has pitched five games in the postseason and allowed one earned run in 4 2/3 innings. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

The New York Yankees' world is ugly these days, with a decline in their attendance and their television ratings. A generation of accomplished pinstriped stars are closing in on the end of their careers, from Alex Rodriguez to Mark Teixeira to CC Sabathia. There is a stark void in the team’s starting pitching and in young power hitters, and it appears the Yankees will be sellers in the trade market for the first time in more than a quarter century, with the credit-card bill of accumulated age and salary finally coming due.

Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox have a core of extraordinary talent in Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. -- players who may haunt the Yankees for years to come. In the months ahead, there will be speculation about the status of manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman.

But in these dark days, there is also this: The Yankees have the two best trade chips in baseball, relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. Two players who could be the difference between losing and winning in the postseason. Two players capable of dominating the most important moments of the most important games.