From Ken Rosenthal:
The Yankees haven’t won the World Series since 2000 and might not win another before 2010, no matter how much money they spend, no matter how many additional mercenaries they acquire.
They’re too old, too unathletic, too reliant on unheralded performers like pitchers Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon.
What the Yankees need is an infusion of young talent, similar to the one they received in the mid-1990s — back in the day before owner George Steinbrenner formed the YES Network and started pursuing television stars first, baseball players second.
From 1993 to 1997, Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, Bob Wickman, Mo Rivera, and Andy Pettitte were the only “young” Yankees talent that strongly helped those teams. That’s five players.
Cano and Wang are a start towards matching that five (say lining-up with Jeter and Pettitte). I like to think that someone (Henn? Clippard?) can step up become a useful member of the bullpen, like Wickman did.
That leaves the issue of CF and closer-type RP.
Maybe it’s only going to be 2008 until the next ring?