Melky Cabrera made the NL All-Star team and Austin Jackson really should have made the AL squad.

Both were homegrown Yankees who were traded following the 2009 championship season to try to keep the titles coming — Cabrera as part of the Javier Vazquez deal and Jackson as the centerpiece for Curtis Granderson. In 2012 both are flourishing like never before.

Cabrera was third in the majors in hitting (.352) and Jackson's .933 OPS was fourth best among AL outfielders (Granderson was ninth at .857), heading into last night's games.

We highlight the rise of Cabrera and Jackson because, while starting pitching is currently the main worry with CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte both on the DL, the Yankees have an outfield deficiency looming.