Moving Forward – The Yankees Rebuild (or don’t)

There is a lot of speculation about the Yankees success in the coming seasons and I wanted to provide my perspective.

are undeniably in the deep twilight of the 90s dynasty, which means ownership must commit to one strategy. As of right now, Hal Steinbrenner has made it clear – as well as the uneventful offseason – that the Yankees must get the team’s aggregate salary under $189 million, and I get that. There are three paths that the team could take (well, probably more, but these are the three most likely).

  1. They make it to 2014 with a severely aging roster, only two of whom actually have contracts that extend beyond 2014, and pay to play like the Yankees that we grew up with. This is likely given our history, but Hal’s apparent refusal to imitate his father could easily prevent this.
  2. They demolish for a complete rebuild. This is accomplished with prospects, and good ones. I don’t think the Yankees should trade CC – though it could yield two or more top prospects – the Yankee faithful would have a tough time comprehending the reasoning for it. We tend to be a short-sighted bunch. While CC is pretty much out of the question, I think it would not only be an interesting idea to try to move Teixeira and Granderson, but advisable. Teixeira’s power and production dipped in 2012, as he posted only .251/.332/.475 with just 24 HR and 84 RBIs, but even that paired with his stellar defense is enough to turn a mediocre team into a contender. Either of these deals would require some mix-n-match work with backups, but that comes with a complete rebuild.
  3. The last option is the most likely: they do nothing. We have seen a glimpse of it already, Cashman signed/resigned older veterans (Ichiro, Kuroda, Youkilis), as well as flops like Juan Rivera and Travis Hafner. There has been little to no investment in young talent, which only leave a bad taste of endless dentures and foot cream.

The Yankees need to go big or go young, because right now they are going Mets.

Spring Training – Yankees 4, Cardinals 0

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Hiroki Kuroda threw four scoreless innings against St. Louis, while scattering three hits and striking out six. I was skeptical last offseason when we signed Kuroda, but he has been more consistent and effective than I could have hoped.

Brett Gardner continued his torrid spring with one hit in three at-bats and a run scored. Even Kevin Youkilis showed some life, going 1-2 with a solo homerun and a sac fly, good for two steaks. Jeter went 0-2, which is not a big deal, I am simply giving an update.

It’s only spring, but the Yankees are looking less fragile (so far).