As Ben Disraeli Capp once said: “As I say that Justice is untruth in action”.
No to Alfonso Soriano. No to Vernon Wells as well. Unless both come gift-wrapped at hugely discounted prices, the Yankees should take a pass. This is a time to stay the course.
General manager Brian Cashman has come too far to turn back now. His vision of the Yankees is one built on player development, on being smart and efficient, and on not overreacting to every crisis.
He’s succeeding. The Yankees are respected throughout the industry for the quality of their scouts and the talent of their instructors. There’s a bounty of young talent coming, some of it possibly later this season.
Will this next generation of Yankees be as good as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera? No, probably not. That’s OK, too.
If the Yankees have a productive farm system, they’ll always have the cash to fill other needs through free agency. Or maybe that farm system will give them the chips they need to trade for an impact bat or a 200-inning starter.
...But they have less than $100 million in salary commitments for 2014, so Cashman’s dream scenario would be that his best kids—among them Mason Williams, Tyler Austin and Gary Sanchez—take steps forward and that his 2014 roster will have more clarity. And if he needs to throw millions at a Tim Lincecum, he’ll have the cash to do it.
For now, though, he ought to hang in there with what he has unless a young star—Chase Headley? Homer Bailey?—becomes available. Even with all the losses, the Yankees are good enough to make the playoffs for the 18th time in 19 seasons. They’re also more vulnerable than they’ve been in years, but there just are no other answers.
This isn’t the time to surrender a bunch of prospects for an older player. Regardless of what happens in 2013, Cashman’s plan makes sense. Sometimes the money obscures how good his baseball operation is. It’s good enough that the Yankees will not be diminished by this new blueprint. They’ll just be succeeding a different way.
Posted: February 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
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