In response to andrewmitch's comment:
If the yankees had a single top prospect you would had seen him this past season.
They need a 3B. Do they call up a kid? No they sign Youk. Youk goes down. Do they call up a kid? No, they give the job to Adams. He fails and they give to Nix. He fails and they like their "SS of the future" over there. Not once did they call up an Iglessias a Middlebrooks, or a Boeggarts. Pathetic.
Look at 1B. They need one and they have no one to call up. So they take Overbay who was a retread that was cut by the Red Sox.
They needed a LF and they trade for Wells who no one wanted. They didn't call up a Jackie Bradley or find a Daniel Nava. And when Wells crapped out do they call up any young studs? Nope. They deal for another overpaid player that no one wanted in Soriano.
Their bull pen was horrible. Who did they call up to help out there? It goes on and on but if the yankees had any farm system at all, you would had seen at least one position player and one pitcher light it up and be in the ROY discussions. You didn't. They are toast. Welcome back to the 80's yankee fans!!!
The Yankees farm is weak, but that doesn't mean they don't have anyone. Just because someone is a top prospect doesn't mean they are able to contribute to the bigs right away.
Everyone in here knows I'm an avid follower of the minor leagues. a couple years ago the consensus in baseball was the Sox had a lot of talent, but that talent was far away and in the lower minors. There is a good chance a lot of those guys go bust as proximity to the majors is something to weigh, but low and behold when that talent perculated to the top we became one of the best farms systems in about a year.
The Yankees farm system is a lot like that right now. They have talent there, but the upper levels are barron. But like I said Gary Sanchez could headline a trade for a top talent.
Look at the Roy Halladay trade as a precedent. Halladay had a reputation of pitching well, and Scherzer is coming off of a career year so the argument should be made that a lesser haul should bring in sherzer.
The Philly's gave up Travis D arnuad (81) Kyle Drabek (25) and Brett Wallace (40) and Michael Taylor (27) and Got Back Halladay and the 93 ranked prospect who fell from #15 in phillippe aumont. + 3 other players.
Michael Pineada was at one point a #5 pitching prospect in all of baseball, and while he's missed a season due to injury that is in no way an indictment in the talent and years of cost control he holds.
So if you were to add him to Gary Sanchez (34) Raphael De Paula (45) and Mason Williams who was 32 but fell out of the mid season top 50 but will likely still be in the top 100, it probably wouldn't take much more to land that kind of talent. Possibly adding a Jose Campos and David Phelps would be on par with the talent level to get it done.
I'm not saying that will happen, as a matter of fact I'd be willing to bet my life it WOULDN'T happen. And that is in no way an indictment on that fact that NY has a weak farm system, because they do.
I also am aware that that package would not be on par with Detriots needs, but if the Yankees really wanted to unload the talent the do have in their farm system they could get someone of that caliber.