Re: Yankees in Decline
posted at 12/19/2013 5:46 AM EST
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to RedSoxDOrtiz's comment:
It all comes down to pitching. I never underestimate the Yanks. Last time I did Chacon turned into Cy Young. There are a number of holes right now, but if they can land Tanaka and Garza then they will hold their own.
RESPONSE: I agree with your comment on the importance of pitching. The Sox just won a WS because of it...and the Big Papi heroics. Garza and Tanaka would go a long way to making the Yanks relevant again. But, at what cost? Even the Yankees can't continue to spend like the federal government.
They also need two strong arms in the pen like the mujica red sox pickup. I can see Bailey signing with you for multiple years and or Hanrahan as options. A trade would make sense for a final year arbitration BP arm like the Badenhop trade we made.
RESPONSE: You have the right idea. But, that's a ton of signing, and a ton of money. My guess is that Bailey will want to go to a team where he'll get a chance to be a closer again. Same with Hanrahan.
Beltran was the one bat in the WS that worried me... dude is solid. The team is old, but this appears to be a quasi bridge year to Sherzer or Price. If the yanks can reset that LT, the wallet opebs to record levels IMO.
RESPONSE: Could be. But, the Yankee infield is a mess of vastly overpaid, unproductive has-beens. This is "The Captain's" final season. So, the Yanks will need a SS. A-Rod is worthless at 3B. The aging Texiera isn't nearly the player he once was, and seemingly gets hurt every year. Who's at 2B, long term? In the OF, they have the injury prone Jake in CF. As for Beltran, at age 37, he's best suited as a DH. Lots of "ifs" in NY.
Age is an overrated to often used refrain to dismiss a teams chances to compete. the Yankees with a payroll of 190M always build for the now and adjust from season to season. they've retooled thier lineup for 2014 and will be formidable. This just in...they don't need Arod to hit cleanup or Jeter to bat second Or play SS.
The success of the 2014 Yankees will hinge largely on who they aquire to boslter thier starting rotation. Make no mistake about they will...The key is the return to form of CC Sabathia. Who should benefit from an offseason of rehabbing his elbow with Kuroda and Nova they have 3/5 of thier rotation set if they add one of the top free agents and a couple of guys to serve as organizational depth they'll enter the season in decent shape. With a surplus of OF (ichiro, Wells & Gardner) they can and will trade one or two of them, each could bring back an arm for the pen...Gardner clearly has the most value of the group...
The elephant in the room for them in the near term and the foreseeable future is the status of the Arod contract/suspension...once that is cleared up one way or the other? Cashman will then have moneys available to use as a contigency entering the season, if not before Or will simply have to make lemonade from lemons...
If the season started today the Yankees would be in trouble...but it doesn't and with most of the top free agent pitchers still on the market. I find it difficult to envision them not being in on at least one of them...