With the trade deadline approaching and his team struggling to remain in playoff contention, Yankees GM Brian Cashman ultimately did what came naturally: He made a trade designed to give his team an immediate boost, proving he hasn't completely shed his win-now mentality.
The difference Tuesday in the seven-player swap with the White Sox was that Cashman addressed the Yanks' needs without mortgaging their future. He acquired effective relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle and added beef to his lineup with slugger Todd Frazier.
In exchange, he gave the White Sox three prospects in a crowded system and struggling middle reliever Tyler Clippard.
Cashman remained committed to youth. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier weren't going anywhere. He made sure he kept Gleyber Torres and Justus Sheffield, among others. His biggest risk was trading away former first-round pick Blake Rutherford, a good hitter and outfielder.
The Yanks were 38-23 after sweeping the Orioles last month, and life was good again in the Bronx. New York had a 10-22 record over its next 32 games after losing Wednesday afternoon to Minnesota. Cashman was hoping to strike a balance allowing him to help the Yanks now without hurting them later.