Yankees: Is it time to fold the experiment and draw another hand?

Manager Joe Girardi (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Manager Joe Girardi (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) /

Yankees General Manager, Brian Cashman, deservedly received high grades for remaking the franchise last year, bringing in a boatload of young talent. It was noted at the time how this put the team on a course that broke with the past. Is it time for the team to fold that hand and draw another one from the dealer?

The Yankees have reached a crossroad in a season that has been two seasons, the first quarter which was a rousing success, and a second quarter that has seen them struggling for air to breathe.

And perhaps it’s time to ask the question that has begged to ask for some time now. Are the Yankees and their fans really into this patience thing that comes with prospects and young, unpredictable, and often unreliable talent?

Or, are they a team that functions better with a group of high-priced veterans who are very predictable and usually reliable? It’s no secret that the Yankees, over the course of their history, have chosen this way, and maybe for them, it’s the only way to ensure success.

Let’s go back to the old way of the Yankees doing business. Let’s grab what we need, put it on the charge card, and don’t look back.

It’s also no secret that the Yankees can if they want to, become the star attraction during the trading spree that will hit major league baseball before the end of July. All they need to do is make it known they are willing to part with any and all of their Top Ranking Prospects on the market in exchange for proven (translation – expensive) major league talent.

The phones would never stop ringing in the team’s front offices. Rumors are already rampant that the San Diego Padres are trying to pry the Yankees prized prospect, Gleyber Torres away from the team in exchange for a reliever.

Know when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em

Obviously, if the organization not only entertains but bites at offers like this one, it will mean a complete turn-around from Plan A and back to Plan Z where they left off before last year’s deadline. And that will require some heady thinking by the team brass.

But the fact of the matter is that with three exceptions, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Jordan Montgomery, the Baby Bombers haven’t been able to help the Yankees much this season, despite being given a chance to do so.

Recent call-ups like Tyler Wade (.083, .214 OBP) and Clint Frazier (.188, .222) are not hitting the mark that’s needed, and that, in turn, is putting added pressure on the lineup to do something spectacular, and that’s not coming either.

For some, what I’m suggesting is heresy within the ranks. How can you dismantle a team that isn’t even fully formed yet? My answer, though, involves a question I would ask you. Are you as patient as you say you are and are you having fun watching this team play now?

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Sure, we’re all having fun watching The Judge, we can’t take our eyes off him. But is that enough to quench your thirst for another World Championship, which by the way, is now eight years since the last one in 2009?

And doesn’t the idea of Cashman sitting in his office hand-picking targets for trades that can help the Yankees now, as well as over the next two to three years, with no reservations about whether or not he can learn to hit a curveball or learn to throw strikes, sit better with you?

Who do you want? Name ’em; they can be ours. You want Jose Quintana, Logan Morrison, Gerrit Cole, Andrew McCutchen, no problem. They can be had from the stable of Yankees talent for any team wishing to stake their future on the prospect of prospects.

Yankees need a new deal

The Yankees made a valiant effort to revamp their organization and they succeeded in doing that, but for a price that has yet to be determined. We are seeing some of the costs now as the team struggles to regain its footing with a lineup of tenderfoots in a league that eats them up and spits them out.

The Yankees have a long history of success when they sell the farm in return for proven major league talent, whether by trades or free-agent signings.

The current experiment ain’t working. And by design, it’s not likely to work for the next two to three years. Sorry, this fan wants to win now and every year for the next three years.

Let’s go back to the old way of the Yankees doing business. Let’s grab what we need, put it on the charge card, and don’t look back.

It’s a formula that’s proven itself to work for this team, the New York Yankees. Why mess with a strategy that is predictable, reliable, and above all else, successful?