The Yanks Are In Desperation Mode + Need Cashman To Be A Riverboat Gambler!
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
It wasn’t always a rosy picture for the New York Yankee fanbase after the 1982 season. In 1985, I became a fan of the team and Don Mattingly when I saw them smoke the Toronto Blue Jays like 22 – 0 or something on a Nationally televised game.
My dad was a huge Thurman Munson fan – and told me the legend of the Yankees when I started being able to hear. I even caught like his hero in little leaguie. Sometimes you pick up your love for the team based on your dad.
We still both love them to this day. I was there for 11 years of struggling from 1985 – 1995. Even when the club cashed in their 1st World Series in 1996, to me while it was cool, it would have been so much better had ‘Donnie Baseball’ been part of the ride.
The Bronx Bombers ripping off 3 more titles from 1998 – 2000 – and then another in 2009, have made me happy to be a fan. It is not just the playoffs that I have savored. This team has averaged 94 – 95 wins for the last 20 seasons.
The Yankees would be lucky to be in the 2013 ALCS like 2012
The core was strong with Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams and Mariano Rivera – and the ownership/management always was able to outspend everyone with talented veterans to give them back up.
While this doesn’t equate to World Series every time, no one will argue the reign the club went on.
Just like it was in 1981, once that team was beaten, you could see the sails come out of the New York Yankees. This new team had a big wakeup call of its aging team in the 2012 playoffs.
2013 was flawed to begin with – stemming from various injuries from star players like Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. You add Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, a departed Nick Swisher, Russell Martin and Raul Ibanez, and well… you have your #1, #3, #4, #6, #7 and #8 hitters all gone from last years squad.
Emerging from these stories is also that Robinson Cano has clearly shown that he is not capable of carrying a team on his back. So this begs the ultimate question – is this what we can expect if the Yanks sign the Second Baseman to a 7+ year contract worth of north of $200 MIL?
Seriously… How are those big contracts working out for LAA and LAD so far? Boston was smart enough to get rid of their huge long term contracts. last year – and now sit atop of the AL East Standings halfway through this year – when they nailed down 90 losses last campaign.
You don’t have to look much further than your own clubhouse to see that you are paying A-ROD $27 MIL, Teixeira $25 MIL, per year that kind of dough for slowed production – that would have you vilified for your poor signings in 90% of the markets.
I think that CC Sabathia and Derek Jeter have earned their cash over the last several years – and could prove it to anyone.
Here is some good news. Insurance has let the club recoup some of this salary paid out to these guys. You have managed to somehow win 42 of your 1st 80 games – and are only 4 games out of a playoff spot, and are 6.5 Games behind the Division.
I am not one of these delusional fans who thinks the Yankees house of cards is not about to go down, however why not take one more swing on the way to the CRASH LANDING of concrete!
You have Mariano’s last season, potentially Pettitte’s, Jeter, how much does he have left – and will he even want to come back in 2014 when the club is not that competitive in 2014 and beyond?
CC Sabathia might have one great stretch left in his left arm. Hiroki Kuroda is signed until the year is over.
Brett Gardner is on pace for 65 XBH – and is asserting himself as a potential ALL – Star. He is set to make a heavy payraise for the 2014 season in Arbitration, before being an UFA in 2015.
Armageddon is coming in 2014 – and you should embrace it New York!!
Let Robinson Cano walk. You are not going to be competitive for at least 2 – 3 years after this one. He costs too much money to retain – and the franchise has to address its financial order for the Luxury Tax Threshold for 2014 at $189 MIL.
You already have $100 MIL on the books prior to signing the Second Baseman for just 7 players (chk out their long term contracts: when Adding Wells, Suzuki and Gardner to A-Rod, Teixeira, Jeter’s $8 MIL Option and Sabathia here) – and this would mean you get to field the same team as this year – based on not being able to sign any FA’s other than him.
If you signed Cano even at $25 MIL per year, that would give you $64 MIL for the remaining 16 roster guys. Robertson would be due another raise to about the $4 or MIL level. You only would have Sabathia, Pineda and Phelps in the Starting Rotation.
You must add 2 – 3 Starters at least. They won’t come cheap either. Average guys get $15 MIL per year in FA.
$30 MIL a year for Cano, and it would be more like $59 MIL for the remainder of the squad.
You would also need to sign a DH to replace Hafner. I doubt you would want to start the 2014 campaign with the same catching tandem or Wells as the starting LF either. Is it possible – yeah.. but your margin for error would be similar to this season for injury. I doubt that will happen with this aging ballclub.
Also, when does the proper rebuild again then?
Sell any mid-level prospects away. Here are a few Trade players I would like to see the club go for. You must act like a riverboat gambler here!
Adam Dunn hit for a 3 Slash Line of .274/.410/1.029. He will hit his share of dingers no matter what, but maybe you can get him for a few hot months. CWS may pick up some of his 2014 salary as well. I wouldn’t be above playing him at 1st Base (Yes, I am serious) – if you can only land him via trade.
Dunn makes $15 MIL a year (pro rated that would be $7.5 MIL this year – and $15 for 2014). He could slip into your DH role next year. You still have Vernon Wells on the books ($6 MIL or so for 2014).
Ichiro Suzuki makes $6.5 MIL in 2014, and you got to think Gardner will make similar $. As long as the Pale Hose pick up half of The ‘Big Donkey’s salary.
Get risky and trade for John Buck at the Catchers position, maybe he can duplicate his April of this year. He would be an upgrade of what they have now. His contract ends after the year. You could probably get him cheap – considering his recent struggles.
While they are it, why don’t the Yankees try to pick up Keppinger. The guy can play 1B/2B/SS/3B – which will be a perfect Utility swing guy for your lineup. The Sox signed him to a 3 YR/$12 MIL deal.
Chicago is not happy with his .248/.274/.570 Triple Slash this season – but his career 3 Slash Line is .284/.332/.719. He is versatile enough, while not breaking the bank. The Yankees would take that production at 3B or SS in a heart beat right now.
If they want to go a little bit more expensive, why not ask for Alexei Ramirez – with CWS eating some of his dough? He can play SS or 2B. He makes $7.5 MIL in 2013, $9 MIL in 2014, $10 MIL, and the Sox hold a Team Option for 2016 for $10 MIL or a $1 MIL Buyout.
The Sox must be willing to eat some $ – or the Yankees might as well walk.
Forget about Aramis Ramirez – as he has a bad knee – and you are already paying $40 MIL for hurt Third Baseman this year. He also makes too much money. $10 MIL in 2013, $16 MIL in 2014, and $14 MIL for a Team Option in 2015 – or a $4 MIL Buyout.. No thanks sir.
If the team can put together a decent stretch before the ALL – Star Break – maybe David DeJesus could come back from his injury. He only makes $4.25 MIL in 2013 – and a Team Option is there for $6.5 MIL in 2014. He can play OF – and is a career 3 Slasher of .280/.354/.773.
If the Cubbies were willing to eat half of his salary, I would also say that Alfonso Soriano could be a good addition. He could platoon DH with Pronk – and also pick up some OF duty in LF versus RHP.
Soriano’s contract would have to be eaten mostly by the Cubs. Why not dangle Ivan Nova back to whittle that compensation down? You could have a guy to DH and play some OF in 2014 then too – and he likes New York.
Nova isn’t fooling anyone with his stuff, but maybe Chicago would be interested.
I would also make a play for Matt Garza. He has AL East experience – along with playoff pedigree.
I would rather go down swinging with these historic Yankees – rather than see if some of the Mid – Level prospects will cut the grade in New York or not.
They have to be the 1st players at the table and deal right now! Don’t waste another day. ESPN has you guys ranked 5th in playoff percentage chance in the AL East. These are based on several Gamblers Oddslines creating these odds.
These numbers rarely lie – as many 50 level Casino’s in Vegas will attest too. It is time to roll the dice.
The management should exercise and take every option they can to try and win this year. If they do that and roll up snake eyes, I will still applaud them for it. “The BOSS” would do it for sure.
I am cool with going through a 2014 – 2016 stretch like we saw in 1987 – 1992. Just leave it all on the table like that 45 Year Old prize boxer George Foreman did. Maybe you will strike a lucky punch.
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Posted on July 1, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 1996 World Series, 1998 World Series, 2009 World Series, 2013 Yankee Payroll, 2014 Luxury Tax Threshold, adam dunn, alex rodriguez, alexei ramirez, alfonso soriano, andy pettitte, aramis ramirez, boone logan, brian cashman, cc sabathia, chris stewart, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, cody ross, curtis granderson, dave robertson, david phelps, derek jeter, don mattingly, eric chavez, freddy garcia, gary sanchez, Hal steinbrenner, ichiro suzuki, ivan nova, jeff keppinger, kevin youkilis, la dodgers, lyle overbay, mariano rivera, mark teixeira, mason williams, matt garza, michael pineda, new york yankees, nick swisher, phil hughes, rafael soriano, raul ibanez, reed johnson, robinson cano, russell martin, thurman munson, travis hafner, twitter @chuckbooth3024, tyler austin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.