• Don’t Wait Till Next Year In Yankeeland?

    Posted by on September 17th, 2013 · Comments (11)

    Joel Sherman wrote this:

    Consider that the Yanks have deployed a team-record 56 players without offering one high-end prospect. Zero-for-56.

    In spring the Yanks suggested Slade Heathcott or Tyler Austin could possibly jump from Double-A to help in the majors down the stretch. Neither even shined at Double-A — and Heathcott’s season ended early yet again with another injury (right knee). Michael Pineda missed a second full major league season with shoulder problems. Manny Banuelos is just now throwing simulated games returning from Tommy John surgery.

    Derek Jeter’s nightmare gave Eduardo Nunez an opportunity to prove he is an everyday shortstop. Instead, he proved brittle and suspect on both sides of the ball. Francisco Cervelli also squandered a chance created with the foolhardy decision to let Russell Martin leave. Cervelli could not stay healthy, and then he was handed a 50-game Biogenesis suspension.

    The Yanks’ best player (Robinson Cano), starter (Hiroki Kuroda) and reliever (Mariano Rivera) are free agents. Maybe Cano and Kuroda will be back — at the right price — but not the retiring Rivera. Curtis Granderson and Andy Pettitte are free agents, too. They will have to be replaced if they are not retained.

    You know who is staying? CC Sabathia for $23 million. Is he any better than a No. 4 starter now? Mark Teixeira, for $22.5 million. He was already in decline before a wrist injury essentially eliminated 2013. Jeter will probably pick up his $9.5 million option to try to play at age 40 on that fragile ankle. Ichiro Suzuki for $6.5 million also will be back for his age-40 season. But it seems all vitality has been lost from his game.

    The good news? Whether they keep him or not, Vernon Wells counts as zero toward the luxury payroll because of how his trade was structured. Alex Rodriguez might cost zero also — if his 211-game suspension is upheld. So there could be help in staying under the $189 million threshold. Hard to sell tickets on that.

    Alfonso Soriano for $6 million should be good value. But he turns 39 in January and, to date in this Yankee stint, we have not seen the extended funks to which Soriano is susceptible.

    It also is good that Brett Gardner and David Robertson will be back. But both are free agents after next season. Gardner flourished before another injury (oblique) raised concerns about how good a risk he is long term. Robertson probably will get the first crack to replace Rivera.

    Brian Cashman would not discuss if he would seek multi-year deals for either. But my sense from talking to the general manager about his philosophy is that besides Rivera, he does not value giving significant money to closers, particularly in long-term pacts.

    So if you are discouraged by the Yanks’ 2013, what are you seeing that makes you feel more optimistic about next year?

    It’s hard to argue with any of this…

    Comments on Don’t Wait Till Next Year In Yankeeland?

    1. #15
      September 17th, 2013 | 12:30 pm

      Yeah…. But just wait until 2016!

      Seriously, this is going to likely take 2 or 3 years to sort out. The money will be there after 2014, but the right players via either free agent or from within the organization, likely will not. In 2015, give us another free agent year like 2009, (i.e., sign the equivalent of an impact bat, an ace, and a 2-3 pitcher) and we might be able to make some noise. Right now no one even knows who those additional players would be.

      I think we are looking at 2016 to see this ship moving in the right direction. 2014 is at best up in the air (if we free up 26 million from A-Rod and put it to good use) and probably a replay of 2013. There are just too many holes to fill and the minors aren’t bursting with studs. Maybe we can get the Dodgers to take Ichi, Jeter, Tex, A-Rod and CC in the off season. That will move things along. Even if that obsurdity were to happen (and it won’t), there aren’t enough good free agents and minor league studs to make 2014 or 2015 look very promising.

    2. Sweet Lou
      September 17th, 2013 | 1:00 pm

      Nothing new here. People have been predicting this will happen for years – it just took some time for the effect of the infusion of $423.5M in cash in 2009 to wear off.

    3. Garcia
      September 17th, 2013 | 2:33 pm

      I don’t have a problem with any of these. We were do for a reset.

    4. September 17th, 2013 | 2:57 pm

      Garcia wrote:

      We were do for a reset.

      You have faith in the guy, here now, being charged with the reset?

    5. Garcia
      September 17th, 2013 | 6:25 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      ou have faith in the guy, here now, being charged with the reset?

      Ha! Absolutely not. What’s a reset, if we are not re-SETTING shit. :-)

      We definitely need to clean house in the front office. I wish we could get rid of Levine, too. Though I know it will not happen, Levine has the biggest douchebag face since Larry Lucchino.

      From the coaches I’d like to see Kevin Long gone. Other than that, I would hope they’ll keep everyone else.

    6. September 17th, 2013 | 6:26 pm

      The best thing the Yankees have going for them now is the bumbling Mets. If the Mets get it together over the winter you are going to see a lot of empty seats at the stadium next summer that no camera angle can hide.

      This team is falling apart and the minor league system has no answers. Cashman has got to go that is the first step to rebuilding.

    7. September 17th, 2013 | 7:58 pm

      Garcia wrote:

      From the coaches I’d like to see Kevin Long gone. Other than that, I would hope they’ll keep everyone else.

      Why does everyone give Larry Rothschild a free pass, to me the most important coach is the pitching coach, and I’m not sold Rothschild.

    8. Mr. October
      September 17th, 2013 | 10:08 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Cashman has got to go that is the first step to rebuilding.

      100% correct. The team doesn’t win again with Cashman as GM.

    9. September 18th, 2013 | 6:41 am

      Mr. October wrote:

      The team doesn’t win again with Cashman as GM.

      Unless, of course, the Stein Brothers allow him to go out and buy the three best players on the free agent market for a quarter billion dollars.

    10. Kamieniecki
      September 18th, 2013 | 8:42 pm

      “The New York Yankees will retire the letter ‘K’ in honor of… Granderson… For this reason, the franchise will be once again be called The Highlanders in 2014…”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/sports/baseball/yankees-retire-letter-K.html

    11. Sweet Lou
      September 21st, 2013 | 12:32 pm

      Why Tigers Got Best of Curtis Granderson Trade

      “With more precincts weighing in, we can more accurately declare a winner of that December 2009 trade…

      The defending AL champion Tigers…

      Perhaps we should have seen this coming. The Tigers, under general manager Dave Dombrowski, can lay claim to being one of the most successful traders in the sport. If you want to give a nod to the Rays under GM Andrew Friedman, you will get minimal argument here.

      But the current Tigers are a tribute to mastering the art of the deal. A GM who wins even 60 percent of his trades should be viewed as a virtuoso. Dombrowski is better than that. His masterpiece came in December 2007, when he turned six prospects… into Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis..

      In Cabrera and Scherzer, the Tigers might have the MVP and Cy Young winner. In the past three Julys, Dombrowski has obtained Fister, Sanchez and Iglesias. Sanchez is leading the AL in ERA. Fister is in the top 20 in ERA. Iglesias was a bold move to solidify the infield after Peralta was suspended…

      … the team that has received the most to date from [the Granderson] deal and promises to get more is the Tigers… Scherzer cannot be a free agent until after next season, Jackson until after 2015. Don’t bet against Dombrowski, the master of the trade [bet against Cashman, the master of the $230 million payroll].”

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