Can someone tell us what the Yankees’ offseason plan is? Anyone? Please?
If you’re a Yankees fan, even if you don’t want DJ LeMahieu to return, you’re probably sufficiently confused. If you hate the Yankees, you’re enjoying the circus. Aside from the flurry of meaningless additions over the last month, general manager Brian Cashman and Co. have pretty much done nothing except … create bad PR.
The contract negotiations with LeMahieu have apparently reached a boiling point, with the star slugger now telling his representation to re-engage with other teams that expressed interest in him because he’s fed up with the Yankees’ “slow-playing tactics.” It’s understandable that the Yankees aren’t going to out-bid themselves, but it’s unforgivable that the dialogue has apparently been so unclear that we’re now … here.
On top of that, we learned last week that the Bombers were never really in on Francisco Lindor shortly after he landed with the New York Mets in a blockbuster trade. So let’s get this straight: the Yankees didn’t explore the premier backup plan (which is no longer an option) to LeMahieu and have now angered LeMahieu?
What is the Yankees’ offseason plan? Do they even have one?
Forget all of this for a second. The Yankees have no plan to address their starting rotation, patch up their bullpen, fix their catching situation, and/or add real depth options in both the infield and outfield. Well, maybe they do! But don’t you think one move would have gone down after 91 days? One?
There’s nothing on the Yadier Molina front after a quick bull rush of chatter. Masahiro Tanaka? James Paxton? Any starting pitching option? What about one of the cost-effective bullpen arms out there? Maybe Brett Gardner? Or is that too much to ask? Have we taken it too far?
Nonetheless, the last two updates regarding Lindor and LeMahieu shine light on the unsettling possibility that, once again, the Yankees will be reactive instead of creating their own fortune or destiny.
And now Lindor is a few miles away determined to dethrone the Yankees in New York. Just how Hal Steinbrenner drew it up, right?
Pitchers and catchers report in a little over a month. The Yankees roster has more questions than answers at this point, and the longer the front office waits, the greater the likelihood that the favorable options continue to evaporate.
So where’s that DJ money going to be spent?