Look at the Yankees “main” players for 2014:
CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Mark Teixeira, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Thornton, Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson. What do they all have in common?
They were all brought in as free agents.
Yes, they all came to the Yankees because the team had a need at their position and there were no in-house options. Hence, the Steinbrenner Family Checkbook to the rescue!
Even other players like Alfonso Soriano have a “money” element to them as they were a salary dump deal (which brought them to the Yankees).
It’s well known that Brian Cashman received “full autonomy” in Yankees decision making after the 2005 season. So, what has he been doing for the last eight years?
The answer is: Not a hell of a lot if the team had to go out and spend a half-billion dollars on free agents after the 2008 season and then they had to do it again after the 2013 season.
The fact that this guy still has a job with the Yankees is a joke. It’s a very sad and ugly joke. His only skill is spending the owners money on free agents. Do we need any more evidence of that?