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Breaking News: Florial Breaks Free

By Paul Semendinger

December 26, 2023

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The Yankees traded Estevan Florial to the Cleveland Guardians for pitcher Cody Morris.




Here are Cody Morris' lifetime numbers:



My Quick Take:

Estevan Florial never got a fair shot with the Yankees. Even in 2023, when the Yankees had a lack of legitimate outfielders, they left Florial in the minors for most of the year.


I am glad he's finally free of the Bronx. He had no role on the 2024 Yankees.


Morris looks to be a bullpen arm. He's a depth piece.


In a year, we'll probably forget all about this trade. It's not a big deal. It's a minor move.


I do hope Estevan Florial does well In Cleveland. That being said, I doubt he'll be a player who has much of an impact.


As River Ave Blues noted above in an embedded Tweet, and as I have noted many times as well, the Yankees were heralded for "breaking the International Market" all those years ago. They spent and spent and really got nothing out of it. We hear, a lot, about how brilliant they are, and how the future is bright with the great young talent coming through the system, but we've yet to see any great influx of talent that comes that makes a major impact on the team that leads to them winning pennants.


Even now, we hear that the Yankees have Spencer Jones and whoever else. A year ago it was Trey Sweeney (now a Dodger). We've heard about Oswald Peraza, who doesn't have a starting role on the 2024 Yankees. Everson Pereira... On and on....


The Yankees have a great player, Aaron Judge, who came through the system. He's the success story from the last 15 or more years. The Yankees need to build the 2024 team to win before Judge's best days are behind him. That day is coming soon, hopefully not too soon. But it's on the horizon.

12 Comments


Cary Greene
Cary Greene
Dec 27, 2023

The moment the news broke earlier today, I was a bit bummed - not because I think it was a bad trade necessarily, more so because the Yankees once again failed to help an extremely toolsy prospect translate his very rare skill sets to the big league stage. There was a time when the mere mention of the last name of "Florial" made die-hard Yankees fans very hopeful, that one day soon, they would have a home grown, left-handed masher patrolling the hallowed grounds that Joltin' Joe Dimaggio and Mickey Mantle once policed.


Unfortunately, I don't remember what Estevan Florial's all time high prospect value was - equatied to MTV in "prospect speak." but I do recall that in 2019,…


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discomike144
discomike144
Dec 28, 2023
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Can't help you Cary....Cashman, with resources most GM's could only dream of, has frittered away so much money, trade capital & oppurtunity. Dodgers, Rays & others draft in similar postions & seem to be player factories. Some hope on pitcher-development front I suppose but can't say I'd bet a whole lot on that over the long haul with current crew in charge.

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ldegrpahics
Dec 27, 2023

Alan B. was CORRECT....Cashmoron hated Florial

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Dec 27, 2023
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I always feel a person's argument is stronger when he doesn't call people names.


Just say, "I believe Brian Cashman hated Florial." That's a fair assumption.


But the name-calling takes away from the argument.

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Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
Dec 26, 2023

There is another great International Market player on the way up who looks like a really good one. Should the Yankees decide to either trade or not to re-sign Gleyber Torres in the coming years, it would only be because Roderick Arias, the potential "second baseman of the future" has developed as expected and is ready to make an impact. I would prefer they keep Gleyber, though.

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Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
Dec 28, 2023
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As good a prospect as Roderick Arias is, he won't be ready yet if Gleyber leaves at the end of this season. If Oswald Peraza isn't traded by then, Peraza may have to slide into the 2B spot (or SS with Volpe moving to 2B) until Roderick Arias is ready for the majors.

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fuster
Dec 26, 2023

Morris may be a depth piece, but Florial was not any more than a hair piece.


a bit surprising that that the Guardians paid for him rather than getting him for free.


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discomike144
discomike144
Dec 26, 2023

Well at least we can put that ongoing non-story to bed....... finally.

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yankeesblog
Dec 26, 2023
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Some folks on this site may need to be deprogrammed.

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