• Father Time Yankees Biggest Foe?

    Posted by on May 16th, 2011 · Comments (12)

    Via Steve Politi today -

    You think this episode with Posada was ugly? Flash forward to 2014 when Girardi — if he is still managing this team then — might have to deal with:

    • Derek Jeter, who if he exercises the player’s option in his new contract (and why wouldn’t he?) would be a 40-year-old likely former shortstop no longer capable of batting leadoff.

    • CC Sabathia, who hasn’t looked anything like an ace this season and whose contract runs through 2015 if he doesn’t exercise his opt-out clause after this season (and why would he?)

    • Alex Rodriguez, who is already showing signs of decline and would still have three years left on that albatross of a deal he coaxed out of Hank Steinbrenner.

    That list doesn’t even include Mark Teixeira, who has six years left on his $180 million deal. This franchise will face one land mine after another with its aging core, and it’ll be up to Girardi to find a way to keep this team from stepping on them.

    “I knew in taking this job there would come a time if I managed long enough that we would see some great Yankees retire,” he said. “And that wasn’t necessarily going to be easy.”

    Not shocking stuff here. In fact, back on December 26th, 2009, I wrote:

    The 2009 Yankees were World Champions. And, the 2010 Yankees have to be considered as contenders for the ring as well. But, come 2012, due to the age of some of their stars (like A-Rod and Jeter) and the needs that the Yankees will have at catcher, the outfield, and pitching, we could be looking at a team that is not as pretty as the one we have now in Yankeeland. And, 2012 is just 27 months away…

    Brian Cashman and company will have their work cut out for them over the next couple of seasons…building that team for 2012. Because, right now, it’s got issues and holes out the ying yang…and the ’12 season starts just about two years from now…

    Of course, the question here is: Anyone and everyone saw what was coming down the pipe for the Yankees with their aging and high-priced players. So, why didn’t the Yanks front office plan ahead and try and avoid where we are now with this team?

    Comments on Father Time Yankees Biggest Foe?

    1. Raf
      May 16th, 2011 | 8:11 am

      Where we are now? The Yanks are in 2nd place on May 16. There are 4 months left in the season to “right” the ship.

      Moves can, have and will be made. There are prospects on the farm, there are free agents that can and will be bought, there are trades that can be made. That’s the way it has been for the past 30 years, and that’s the way it’ll probably continue for the next 30 years.

      Who’s to say that the Yankees front office didn’t plan ahead? The moves that have been made suggest otherwise; trades for Martin, Swisher, Granderson, etc. Promotions of Hughes, Chamberlain, Gardner, etc. Montero & Romine on the way…

      Aging players will be dealt with the way they’ve always been dealt with. If they have any value, if they fit in the scheme, they’ll stay. Otherwise, they’ll play or finish up elsewhere.

    2. G.I. Joey
      May 16th, 2011 | 10:07 am

      Is it just me or does Steve post more when the Yankees are playing badly?

    3. Raf
      May 16th, 2011 | 10:16 am

      G.I. Joey wrote:

      Is it just me or does Steve post more when the Yankees are playing badly?

      It would not surprise me if that were the case. There are more topics to discuss when things aren’t going well.

    4. May 16th, 2011 | 10:30 am

      G.I. Joey wrote:

      Is it just me or does Steve post more when the Yankees are playing badly?

      LOL. Funny. I was just thinking this AM “Where is everybody? How come no one wants to discuss Yankees baseball when the team is doing crappy, but, when they’re winning and in first place, everyone is so quick to post comments here telling me what an idiot I am…”

    5. Corey Italiano
      May 16th, 2011 | 11:56 am

      The Yankees did try to have a plan in place to counteract all of their aging position players.

      The plan? To develop home grown pitching that isn’t locked up to long-term deals like their aging position player counterparts. Whether that’s been a success or not is another topic, but that’s what they’ve tried to do (and are still trying to do).

      Regardless of all of this, we all know that what you see take the field today is not what you will see take the field on August 1. As long as they can keep it close, there’s nothing to worry about until then.

    6. Corey Italiano
      May 16th, 2011 | 12:04 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      I’m kinda surprised there’s no post on Brackman pitching horribly in Scranton. This is a freebie shot on Cashman that noone could argue with. ;)

    7. LMJ229
      May 16th, 2011 | 1:09 pm

      This team needs a serious infusion of youth. I wouldn’t look to make any drastic changes just yet, but if things keep going the way they are, the Yankees management will have to make some bold moves, such as releasing Posada, moving A-Rod to DH, benching Swisher, etc.

      This Yankee team is not a very good team right now and might not be much better than a .500 team throughout the season. They are probably not even one of the top two teams in their own division. They certainly are not a championship caliber team. This might be the year the Yanks have to suck it up and go with a youth movement.

    8. LMJ229
      May 16th, 2011 | 1:15 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      The Yankees did try to have a plan in place to counteract all of their aging position players.

      The plan? To develop home grown pitching that isn’t locked up to long-term deals like their aging position player counterparts. Whether that’s been a success or not is another topic, but that’s what they’ve tried to do (and are still trying to do).

      Isn’t that EVERY team’s plan – to develop players?

    9. Raf
      May 16th, 2011 | 2:00 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Isn’t that EVERY team’s plan – to develop players?

      Why yes, yes it is :D

      Anyway, the plan has and always will be to upgrade when and where it is necessary. If that means signing a FA, so be it. If it means promoting from within, so be it. If it means making a trade, so be it. The Yanks are in a position where they can do any of the three; they have prospects to promote, they have prospects to trade, they have the cash to be a player in free agency.

      The organization will be fine.

    10. redbug
      May 16th, 2011 | 5:27 pm

      So, release Arod, Jeter, Posada, Tex, AJ? Pay them all for whatever’s left on their contracts? Don’t pay the ridiculous amount CC will want when he opts out? You really think the Yanks won’t do that?

      I mean, you can’t all say it’s easy to bring in replacements for these guys when so much is owed to them.

    11. May 16th, 2011 | 6:02 pm

      The team has definite age issues. What really concerns me are the pitching issues. Good pitching staffs don’t grow on trees, and this staff appears very short on talent. I could see a stretch of very bad road coming up the next few seasons.

    12. Raf
      May 16th, 2011 | 6:49 pm

      redbug wrote:

      I mean, you can’t all say it’s easy to bring in replacements for these guys when so much is owed to them.

      In all the years that you’ve watched the Yanks, have they never moved a big contract, or eaten money?

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