All I’ve read and heard from our readers this off-season, is how New York Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman isn’t doing his job, not spending the money he should be, and signing the players to make the Yankees World Series contenders now. I hate to tell you fans, but for once, I’m supporting the direction the Yankees are taking for once. Instead of losing valuable draft selections by signing wrong side of 30-years old or older players to long term deals, they are taking a new direction.
Don’t the Yankees have enough albatross contracts on the books for your liking? From Mark Teixeira to C.C. Sabathia, to Alex Rodriguez, and even perhaps Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury to a certain extent, the Yankees have a ton of cheddar on the books, and the odds of getting maximum production from these players are long to say the least. Instead fellow fan, take a step back, look at the progress that Cashman and Co. have made to rebuild the franchise, and feel fortunate that the AL East is down, and if a few things break the Bombers’ way, they could be in the hunt for a Wild Card spot, even with Father Time and the MASH unit on call.
Instead of signing Max Scherzer or James Shields and losing their first round draft pick, the team saved money AND gained a draft pick, when the team signed Andrew Miller and let David Robertson walk. If you are saying, “but where are the past draft picks?”, look no further than the talented group led by Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Jacob Lindgren, and Eric Jagielo.
Sure, it’s easy to say that some or none of these guys will ever pan out and lead the Yankees back to October glory, but let me ask you this: how many titles have the current group of high-priced, over the hill Yankees brought home? Crickets. That’s what I hear. None. Zip, zilch, nada. And don’t start screaming 2009! 2009! The Core Four was still fully intact, and A-Rod had a postseason for the ages. Yes, Sabathia was the man…then, but what about today?
Unlike when I was growing up, the Yankees had to hit bottom in the early 1990’s to rebuild into the dynasty we all witnessed. Brian Cashman is attempting to give you a competitive team, WHILE rebuilding the farm system, which by the way, is now ranked 11th in all of MLB. Not bad after nearly two decades of garbage prospects and dumpster fires.
Take a deep breath and relax Yankees fans. It’s not going to be a smooth ride to title #28, but they will compete, and when the kids are ready, get ready for a wonderful ride that we all can be a part of and enjoy.
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