As Joe DiMatchingoffer once said…“I’d like to thank the good Lord for making me an ex-Yankee or a never will be a Yankee.”
Eric Chavez is gone, Raul Ibanez is at least potentially departing with rumors that the Mariners would like to effect a reunion with their former outfielder. These are not necessarily bad things for the Yankees, because the chances of those players repeating their 2012 successes are very, very low. Still, if both are to be scratched from the Yankees’ board, even more questions will be added to the pile. As I reported yesterday, questions are all they have.
It is not too late for Brian Cashman to make some dramatic moves that will cause us all to suffer whiplash, and it won’t be late until July 31, 2013 rolls around. Still, the progression is obvious, with the feeling that for the first time in a long time, with over-generous Yankees bucks removed from the equation, players just aren’t that motivated to come to New York. Despite the team’s obvious advantages - and there still are many - New York is not the first choice for available players, even those who were already on the team. In the past, you could count on the Yankees re-signing whoever they wanted to sign. That is no longer the case.
...Until then, we have the smoke of activity but painfully little fire, at least from the NYY section of the forest. The team is not in free-fall, will not plunge out of competition, but given the many openings on the roster and the way even the supporting players are threatening to get out of Dodge, it may be that ready panaceas will remain out of reach - at least at these meetings.
... And that’s true even if they sign Kevin Youkilis.
Kevin Youkilis is being chased by the Indians and Yankees. If money is close, have to think he would pick the Tribe.
— Pete Abraham
Posted: December 05, 2012 at 05:13 PM | 44 comment(s)
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