OK, we gave Derek Jeter a wonderful departure, one he deserved. Now what? For the first time in more than 20 years, the Yanks missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. There’s pinstripe trouble.
Management hasn’t been able to replace the “Core Four” with anything close to championship caliber. They have saddled the team with big contracts for aging veterans well past their prime (i.e, A-Rod, CC, Teixiera, Beltran). It is disturbing to see how a $200-million plus payroll can be so squandered. Despite the money, the Yanks ranked 13th out of 15th in the league in runs scored. No player had more than 75 RBI’s.
Complaining about injuries has gotten really old. George Steinbrenner is rolling over in his grave.
Let me take a swing at solutions:
1- Unload the “Failing Four,” any way they can.
Plea for retirements. Sometimes, appealing to pride is all you have left. Sadly, A-Rod, Beltran, Tex and CC will embarrass themselves if they play next year. A-Rod turns 40 and hasn’t topped 18 homers since 2010. Teixera hit just .216 this year, striking out 109 times. He hit just .151 last year. Beltran can’t stay on the field and CC had lost his fastball (4.78 ERA in 2013) even before his latest injury.
Joe Girardi has been too soft on his players and it shows. It is the manager’s job to get the most out of his players. Can anyone say the Yanks performed up to their abilities? I’d give the “new Joe” one more year to produce because he is a high-character guy who knows what winning looks like.
3- Sign and Trade Robertson for a first baseman
Closers are in demand and Robbie could bring in a good first baseman to fill that hole. Betances slides into the closer role. Have to give up a good player to get one.
4-Sign Cruz/Martinez and one of the big pitchers
Due to woeful offense, they must sign Nelson Cruz or Victor Martinez. Also, take a good shot at either Scherzer, Shields or Lester in pitching market.
5-Shake up the front office
Despite the Yankees’ many advantages, they just haven’t produced the WS titles they should have. They have become an organization too slow to pull the trigger on personnel at the top. Time for a change in the GM spot.
The writer became a Yankee fan in the 1963 World Series between the Dodgers and Yankees, even though the Yanks scored just four runs in four games.