From Bob Klapisch -
But there are telltale signs of trouble for Torre, starting with general manager Brian Cashman’s stark admission that the season is indeed slipping away.
“I don’t want to use the word ‘worried,’ but we have to start playing to our abilities and we have to do it sooner than later,” Cashman said by telephone on Thursday. “It’s a long season, but you can play your way out [of the race] early, and we can’t allow that to happen.”
When asked to describe his state of mind, the general manager said he was “frustrated” although he quickly pointed out, “We could get right back in it” if the Yankees win both series — or, even more profitably, sweep Boston.
For his part, Cashman says, “I have to focus on what I can do to get this right.” But the GM has made his move, signing Clemens to a prorated $28 million deal. The ATM is dry. The roster is frozen with expensive, long-term contracts. Who, for instance, would touch Abreu and the $16 million he’s earning this year?
Unfortunately for Torre, he’s the most vulnerable component in the equation. This is the last year on his contract, and the way the Yankees are sinking, it might be his last month.
Here’s a prediction for you: If, at the close of business on May 23rd, the Yankees are 13.5 games out of first (or greater), there will be an organizational meeting in Tampa on May 24th and Joe Girardi will be managing the Yankees on May 25th.