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Yankees GM Brian Cashman will prioritize pitching leading up to the trade deadline

Jul 17, 2014, 11:15 PM EST

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The Yankees have lost four-fifths of their starting rotation with Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, and Ivan Nova all sidelined due to injury, but general manager Brian Cashman isn’t ready to throw in the towel on the season. In fact, he told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York via phone today that he continues to look for ways to upgrade his pitching staff.

“I have to reinforce our pitching, in my opinion. I have things that I feel I have to try to do, that I’m trying to do, but it is easier said than done.”

“We have to try to improve, reinforce and upgrade, certainly. We certainly we would love to have some significant upgrades but when you lose four out of five starters, it is hard to re-materialize the same type of abilities with the guys you lost. It is whether you incrementally upgrade.”

The Yankees acquired veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy from the Diamondbacks in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno earlier this month, but their bruised and battered staff doesn’t exactly have the look of a contender right now. They’ll begin the second half with a rotation consisting of McCarthy, Hiroki Kuroda, David Phelps, Shane Greene, and Chase Whitley. Some reinforcements would be nice.

There has been plenty of speculation about a possible trade with the Phillies for Cliff Lee, but he hasn’t pitched in the majors in two months due to an elbow strain. The 35-year-old southpaw is slated to be activated next Monday, so he could theoretically make two starts to prove his health and effectiveness before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. He’s owed around $12 million for the rest of this season and $25 million next season while his contract includes a $27 million team option for 2017 or a $12 million buyout. The Yankees are one of 20 teams on on Lee’s no-trade list, so he would have to sign off on a potential deal.

The Yankees will begin the second half of the season at 47-47, five games behind the first-place Orioles in the American League East.

  1. djdvd - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Oh good so what’s the plan for improving the horrible offense? Open tryouts?

    • jackdiamond77 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:47 AM

      You are so silly. Cashman has no plan. And no ability to be a GM either.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        And, he has no trade options either, as I said about Tanaka’s injury lsat week. But, once again, ESPN is glad to be his PR mouthpiece without asking what he has to offer in trade.

  2. tigers182 - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    90s are over. Blank checks no longer buy World Series.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      They didn’t then, either. Especially considering at least half the major contributors on those teams were home-grown on their first contracts, and many of the veteran free agents were declining stars turned value role players.

    • mikhelb - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      Tell that to current champions Red Sox, in fact you can check every WS winner in the past 10 years and you’ll see a majority of teams have more than 50% of players bought/acquired (as in not developed by them).

      Wanna know who had one of the highest percentages of players developed by them when they were champions in the past 10 years: 2009 Yankees.

    • pete2112 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      Really? Look at the 96 Yankees and tell me who was bought to with that championship. That was a blend of home grown talent and free agency, just like any other team does. And if we use your logic the Yankees should have won in the 80’s as well because George would go after every big free agent on the market. Of course the results were different as you need more than just an open check book to win a championship.
      Also, I assume you’re a Tigers fan and if so, I probably wouldn’t be talking about other teams spending a lot of money to win as I believe the Tigers have the 4th highest payroll this season.

      • thebadguyswon - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:55 AM

        Absolutely.

        And then look at the 2014 Yankees. And look at what will be the 2015 Yankees. They aren’t growing them anymore, are they?

    • allsport1980 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Blank checks never won anyone a World Series, but thanks for the clown input.

  3. tbutler704 - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    They don’t have enough broken down old players? Cliff Lee would be a Randy Johnson disaster for the Yanks….go Cash go!

    • jwbiii - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      It’s not going to happen anyway. Some no trade targets are negotiable, but Lee’s wife does not <3 NY, so this isn’t one of them.

      • jwbiii - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:16 AM

        Wow. That’s a cute emoticon.
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        without the spaces.

  4. micker716 - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Let’s focus on 2014 contenders.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:58 AM

      We are. The Yankees, for all their problems, are in contention. Five games out in the AL East and 4 games behind the Mariners for the second wild card. Whether they can put enough good players on the field to catch up is another matter.

      East Coast Media Bias, of course, ignores the really interesting fact in the above paragraph. The Mariners are leading for the visitor’s slot in the AL Death Match(tm).

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        They had Tanaka for those first 100 games and they’re still 5 games out. A 39-year-old, league-average Kuroda as your “ace” for the rest of the year is a prescription for your bullpen blowing up.

        In other words, you won’t be putting enough good players on the field. You’re out of contention.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        And, Sabathia is officially on the shelf for the rest of this year, and likely for the start of next year.

        I’d focus on, oh, 2016 if I were you:

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/18/cc-sabathia-to-have-season-ending-surgery-on-tuesday/

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Funny how when Joe Madden swears the Rays are still in it at 44-53 and 9.5 games out, no one bats an eye. I guess it’s because of all the championships he has.

      But God forbid someone say that the Yankees, with a .500 record despite all the injuries are still in it. You get shouted down like you’re a crazy person.

      • tmc602014 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        That’s a good point. Dammit, we don’t want to hear any logic when it comes to the Yankees!

  5. pisano - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Geez, a bat or three might help a little too, this team is as bad as last years malignant offense.

    • dondada10 - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Three bats? Mccann, Beltran and Elsbury?

      • pisano - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        That’s one bat…Ellsbury, the other two are pretending to bat.

      • allsport1980 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        Maybe they should have kept Cano instead of forking over money on a 37 yr old RF.

  6. mp4philly - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Cashman looks like Putin.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:23 AM

      Nah, Putin’s wrestling bears and ballerinas. Not sure what Cash is up to.

      • mikhelb - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:10 AM

        Rapelling, jumping off planes and pointing the finger at suspected steroid users among the NYY roster.

      • jwbiii - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        The usual rich middle aged guy stuff.

        http://deadspin.com/5881346/dear-brian-cashman-i-am-wearing-your-pajama-pants-in-your-mistresss-living-room

  7. Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:45 AM

    Tanaka is damn awesome isn’t he Cashy boy? Oh right, he got injured… I forgot.

    • pete2112 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      Tanaka is awesome and he’ll be back at some point. You can’t blame Cashman for this as this injury would have happened to any team who signed him.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        7 years in Japan WITHOUT any serious injuries.

        Then this happened.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      What’s your point? That it was a bad signing? Otherwise, you’re actually make fun of someone because one of their players got hurt. In either case, fail.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Like I’d give a damn to any MLB team who robs the s*** out of our league.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        Robs your league? LOLOL. Tell “your league” to stop selling it’s best players. You do understand the difference between being robbed and selling your assets, right?

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Yeah right, like Rakuten wasn’t against the Tanaka transfer last year. They give him an offer of almost 250 million for one year just to finish his domestic option.

        The Rakuten owner finally agreed cause Tanaka really wants his so called “dreams come true” like every other player’s sh**ty reasons.

        You do think they did this for their “business” huh? They did cause of the players shi**ty selfish reasons so they let them go.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        And that is MLB’s fault how?

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Tempting, and I hope you know what kind of temptation this “MLB” teams are giving to them to make them leave. Disagree if you want but I’ve seen and heard countless kinds of s*** of this already.

        哈哈哈。。。

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        I, like others, am having fun downvoting about any comment Ayase makes related to Tanaka.

    • renaado - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Just support your fellow countryman, Yano… It’s Tanaka’s choice. I know you don’t like your athletes playin there but what’s done is done. He’s not doin this for himself, he’s doin this for his country… your country, and for you and his fellow countryman who supports him and also to those who doesn’t… He’s tryin to show how great and competitive your league is…

      We’ve been through this topic before and I certainly don’t want to hear it again… Masahiro Tanaka is selfless, I know a majority of you definitely knows that.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Look, dude… I know you do a lot of research about Yakyu our players and other stuff, but searching the net alone doesn’t give you facts on what’s right cause it can also be somewhat misleading.

        I’ve been to a lot of ballgames here especially when the Eagles visits Fukuoka and Tanaka’s starting. No disrespect but… Those research you do are false majority.

        It’s better to know and see personally than rely on the net where facts can be false.

        (代价哦不 , 哇他是哇可是是特安安他你哦看呕吐特吗森。。。) Don’t it get to you though… Just continue watching some NPB games and you’ll know what I mean.

      • renaado - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        Just support your players, that’s all I’m askin… I don’t care if what I do are false or not but it’s a source… A source which is better none, It’s made up of absolute facts by those people who’ve been there. I’m stickin to what I always do and I won’t change it. Just learn to understand that people who have the will to succeed and to challenge much greater obstacles always goes to new heights.

  8. sdelmonte - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:39 AM

    Wondering who the Yankees have left to trade. In theory, they could offer Robertson, move Dellin Betances to closer, and get something decent, but I can’t see that.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      How much time have you spent analyzing the Yankees farm system?

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        You’ve got one catcher at AAA, Murphy, good, but shouldn’t be traded. (That said, McCann’s blocking his way.) Refsnyder, but really, he shouldn’t be traded either. Other than that, Yankees have bupkis at Scranton. Solarte already shot his brief Roman Candle wad.

  9. jackdiamond77 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    Cashman clearly is the most inept incompetent GM in baseball. FIRE HIM AND LONG NOW. THAT IS HOW THIS TEAM GETS BETTER. AND GET DAVID PRICE AT ANY COST. Why do they both still have jobs? Hitters can not hit, the one home grown Yankee , besides Jeter, Cano is gone. Let’s spend half a million on Tanaka, Beltran and McCann. How’s that working out? Cano is batting .330. THAT is where their offense went.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      The Rays would not trade Price to the Yanks. The ONLY way they end up with Price is if whichever team ends up with Price (likely Dodgers or Giants) does not getting him locked up long term, he hits free agency, and the Yanks throw a truck load of cash at him.

    • johnnysoda - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      This is quite the post. In the same space, you say that the Yankees should go after a guy that would (a) cost them every decent prospect they’ve got, and (b) not pitch for them for very long, and complain that they don’t have a lot of home-grown prospects. Brilliant insight right there.

    • allsport1980 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      You call Cashman incompetent than suggest getting Price at any cost??? Let’s make sure we know what we are talking about first please.

  10. trbmb - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Cashboy, who in 17 years has not drafted and developed a single All Star starting Pitcher or Position Player, is not capable of resetting the Yankee strategy to build a winning team. Cashboy’s time is up, he must clean out his desk and disappear. Champion teams can’t be built by cash and thus by Cashboy.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      One, why are we ignoring IFAs? Are we really arguing that the Yankees didn’t develop Cano from a sixteen y.o. kid out of the Domincan into one of the greatest players in the game? Two, Phil Hughes was an All Star starting pitcher in 2010. Three, Austin Jackson and Brett Gardner, while not having made ASGs because people don’t value defense, are AS-caliber players the Yankees drafted and developed. Has the farm system underperformed? For sure. But your statement simply isn’t accurate.

      • tysonpunchinguterus - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        I was about to say the same thing, only I forgot about Austin Jackson. And somehow Ian Kennedy wasn’t an All-Star in 2011 but he did have an amazing season, finishing 4th in the NL Cy Young vote – and he’s starting to turn the corner this year after a couple bad seasons. Sure, Cashman traded him away but that trade looked good for all the teams involved for a while.

      • trbmb - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Robinson Cano was not drafted, he was an international free agent.

        Phil Hughes, a 1 time All Star selection, is hardly a good example of a developed Pitcher delivering continual value to this team, i.e.. barely 1 year only.

        Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter remain the real last high caliber drafted and developed All Star players delivering consistent and ongoing value to this team, both prior to Cashboy The Magnificent. Cashboy, 17 years of very sparse drafting and development. His time is up.

        And my statement is no less accurate than yours.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Champion teams can’t be built by cash and thus by Cashboy.

      O rly? 1998 Yankees, could argue one of the best teams of all time:

      C – Posada
      1b – Tino
      2b – Knoblauch
      SS – Jeter
      3b – Brosius
      RF – O’Neill
      CF – Williams
      LF – Curtis
      DH – Strawberry

      2/9 Hitters are home grown. The rest were trades/free agent signings. Now let’s look at the pitching:

      Pettitte
      Wells
      Cone
      Irabu
      Hernandez

      1/5 was home grown, as the rest were IFAs/trades/FA. So 3/14 players that started for the Yanks were home grown.

      Hitters can not hit, the one home grown Yankee , besides Jeter, Cano is gone.

      Does Gardner not count?

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Cashman was not the GM UNTIL 1998. He had little to do with building that team.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        I’m not arguing that Cashman built them, I’m refuting the notion that you can’t buy championships with cash. 1998, and ’96, and many other teams prove otherwise (’13 Sox).

    • allsport1980 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      When the Yanks trade a player from their minor leagues and they make an all star team does Cashman not get credit for that in addition to the seeing guys like Pettitte, Hughes, and Cano make all star teams during his tenure?

      • trbmb - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        What I would like to see Cashboy achieve, and what he hasn’t across 17 years as GM, is to draft and develop Pitchers and Position Players who will then deliver a sustained level of close to all star caliber play for the New York Yankees over a 6-10 year period. Similar to what was done by Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, and Jorge Posada. Over his 17 year reign, the Cashboy has failed to deliver that in anything close to a single instance. Cashboy’s only focus and talent is on cash delivery, not player development in house. Cashboy’s time as GM has expired, although I fully expect a next 3 year contract will follow after this season concludes.

        And in case you weren’t watching, nominating Phil Hughes as a Yankee success example, is a real miss.

  11. pete2112 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Please do not trade for Cliff Lee. This would have been a great trade five or six years ago but not now. We all know his best days are behind him and he can’t seem to stay healthy. This type of trade is bad for two reasons. We lose more prospects and we get another pitcher that will end up on the DL.

    • tuberippin - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Don’t worry: the Yankees have had trouble developing prospects of late, and the Phillies are even worse at it.

  12. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    What I don’t understand is WHY they’d trade for Cliff Lee. It’s likely that next year they will see CC, Tanaka, Pineda and Nova back, and with Whitley and Greene pitching fairly well so far, why not continue to give them the starts to see what you have? You can call them contenders all you want, but that is solely looking at their record. But look beyond that: They have an absolutely abysmal offense, and a faltering rotation. If they want to make moves to give them a realistic chance as a WS? They’d need to trade for 3 SP’s, 3B, 2B and a pen arm or two. Is it worth it? They just need to accept that the way their current roster is built, they are not a true contender, and the best thing they could do is stand pat, and give some young arms a chance to earn a rotation spot instead of trading away more prospects only to get marginally better and even if they manage a playoff berth, they’re not getting past Detroit or Oakland. Or possibly LA, Baltimore and Seattle too.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      and a pen arm or two

      Uh what? I’d argue they have one of the best pens in the league. Also, I’d be nervous about Tanaka and his UCL. It would suck, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get surgery and be out for all of next year.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        Let me rephrase: 3 starting pitchers OR 1 or 2 pen arms, in the sense that they can’t afford to wear down their current pen arms with the rotation the way it currently is. The Orioles are in the same boat- we have 5 guys that are mid to bottom rotation guys and the O’s need an extra pen arm to keep from taxing their current group heading into September.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Yeah it’s definitely or, because this team can’t keep anyone healthy. And if Robertson bolts at the end of the year (how the Yanks haven’t had extension talks with him is baffling), it’s going to get worse in ’15 and beyond.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      ahhh, WRONG!

      Assuming Tanaka needs a Tommy John, he’s out until the end of next year.

      Girardi has already said he doesn’t expect CC will ever be as good as he was as late as last year, let alone his peak, and there’s already speculation he may NEVER be back.

      What planet are you on?

      And what planet are the seven people who voted you up on?

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        “Assuming” Tanaka needs Tommy John.

        Who’s assuming that?

        The Yankee hate is so strong with you. Who hurt you?

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        Hey, Luke, we now officially know that Sabathia is out for all of this year … and probably will at least start 2015 slow.

        I don’t hate ALL Yankee fans … just clueless ones like you and Eutaw.

        It’s called coffee. Wake up and smell it, as you take off the rose-colored glasses.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM

        WOAH WOAH WOAH Socratic: I AM NO YANKEES FAN. Please see the Eutaw reference in the name. As in Eutaw Street. As in Camden Yards. As in Orioles Park at Camden Yards. I am a Baltimore fan and always have been. My original comment was simply questioning the logic with NEEDING Lee as if that would make some crazy difference in their team. Look at the facts for this year and beyond: They’d need 3, not 1 new pitchers to have a shot this year. And even in doing so their offense is so anemic, how far would they honestly get? And is a guy in Lee who is due $52.5M in the next 2 years (at which point speculation says he may retire) worth the top prospects that will have to be sent packing? Looking forward to 2015, the Yanks need a 2B (Roberts is bad), SS (Jeter retires), 3B (unless they trust A-Rod), an OF or 2 (Beltran will become permanent DH, Ichiro is 40, and they are lacking beyond Ellsbury and Gardner) and even more starters (Kuroda will be done, CC, Pineda, and Tanaka are all question marks). And again I ask- how much difference is 1 guy in Lee going to make? I know money is no object for the Yanks so spending $52.5M on Lee over 2 years won’t stop them from spending another $200M next offseason, but I still think the best option for them, and any team really, is to give the young arms a live shot at a rotation spot. It speaks volumes that they do not have a single position player starting younger than 30. It’s alarming. They have not developed much in way on major league talent through their farm system that is on the current roster (sans Gardner). So the point in signing Lee seems a bit of a waste of even more young potential to me.

        That’s really what I was driving at.

  13. mungman69 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Cliff Lee and his wife don’t like New York.
    Can’t see him there. Fact is I don’t think that he gets traded till the off season.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      CC Sabathia hated NY and swore he would never go there.

      Mark Teixiera didn’t want to come to NY

      Mike Mussina didn’t want to come to NY

      Randy Johnson didn’t want to come to NY

      Johnny Damon SWORE he would never go to NY

      WadeBoggsRogerClemensJacobyEllsburyKevinYoukilisblahblahblahblahblah

      When will you ever learn?

  14. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    See, it’s that move for Rich Hill that really put them over the top.

  15. pete2112 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    The bottom line is that this team is a mess. Between injuries and some bad signing, the Yankees have their hands tied behind their back and they’re just trying to stay afloat. I wouldn’t want Cashman’s job at this point. Sure he’s responsible for some of this but you can’t always predict injuries and they’ve had plenty of them this season. I think right now he has to walk a fine line with regard to holding onto their young talent but also has to justify the cost to fans who go to the games who want to see big names in Yankee jerseys and expect them to go after big trades. He’s really in a lose, lose situation.

    We all know the Yankees don’t have a team that can compete with the better teams and playing in the AL east doesn’t really give you the best gauge of where you are as a team. I think the fact they’re still in this race is a miracle but does say something about Baltimore and Toronto not being that great either. Whatever the case may be, the Yankees should really not trade away any of their young pitching for a guy who probably is past his prime, old and most likely will break down, so I hope they just see the reality of their situation and start to look to the future.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      And, this isn’t all his fault, either. It was Hal Steinbrenner who specifically pushed for A-Rod’s big contract extension.

  16. stex52 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I think they have fallen into a sunk cost trap. A whole lot of money tied up in players who are good but can’t deliver over the season because they are older and spend a lot of time injured. And if the Yankees went for a serious rebuild I think the mobs would be out with torches and pitchforks by year two.

    I have always found it hard to judge Cashman. His teams usually make playoffs, but the money side obscures how good he is for me. But it looks like right now any other team would be looking to clean house, walk away from vets, and start over. Can the Yankees stand to walk away from all those tens of millions of dollars?

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      but the money side obscures how good he is for me.

      There are plenty of other GMs that have an endless supply of money but don’t have anywhere near the success Cashman has had, or the vitriol spewed at him. He’s made good signings, he’s made bad ones. He’s made good trades, he’s made bad ones. Every time a hotshot GM comes into the picture that people think is great, I make the same response. Give him a few years and see how great he still is. First it was Theo, then Jack Z, then Amaro, last year it was Cherington.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      But it looks like right now any other team would be looking to clean house, walk away from vets, and start over.

      Missed this, but who can they start over with? The Yanks don’t have the Red Sox farm system with a bunch of studs* who are apparently ready to taken over in MLB. They already got rid of Soriano, and they could get rid of Ichiro, but would Almonte do any better? Austin hasn’t played well since hurting his wrist two years ago, Refsnyder has jumped two levels in the minors so far this year, but his defense is a work in progress at 2b and who says he hits better than Roberts (87 wRC+)?

      All the pitching prospects have either not developed (Banuelos/Montgomery/Campos/Pineda) due to injuries, or are too young to help (Severino/Clarkin). And with teams locking up their young players earlier, it’s not like the FA market is a gold mine either (30 year old Lester/Scherzer are available, but can the Yanks stomach another $150M+ signing?).

      • stex52 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Well, that kind of goes to my point. The Astros are the operative example. They had no farm system and they burned down the MLB club anyway. The results speak for themselves.

        Astros fans are extremely unhappy. The Astros brand is damaged. But I think it would be ten times worse in NY if the Yankees tried it. I mean nothing personal at you about this, but Yankee fans do have a sense of entitlement that would ill serve an approach like that.

      • allsport1980 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        The Red Sox farm system is producing a last place team again. They had a group of aging veterans over perform last year and now they are relying on their farm system and the team is terrible for the 2nd time in 3 yrs. Stop talking about the Red Sox and their overrated farm system.

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