Jonah Keri, in the Times, says:
This off-season, if the Yankees want to repeat, they should try to add younger players. By doing that, they will also avoid the trap of complacency.
And, he has the numbers to back up that theory.
I concur 100% here. Once you’ve been to the mountain for the first time – and for most of these high-paid Yankees this is the first time – it’s hard to muster up what it takes to get there again. That’s why it’s nice to have some fresh blood to keep the tribe moving. But, with the Yankees, where do you fit new guys in?
It’s limited to left, maybe center or right, designated hitter and the pitching staff. Considering the Yankees need the D.H. slot as a parking spot for many of their older players, that basically leaves the outfield, back-end of the rotation, and the bullpen. Since pitchers have a hard time motivating position players, that leaves it to left-field. If Johnny Damon doesn’t come back, let’s hope the Yankees fill his slot with a young, high energy, guy. Hey, it couldn’t hurt.