The collapse of the Yankees by terrified contenders is not about analysis for any combination that quickly emerged from Tuesday’s playoffs.
It’s about emotion.
Assume that the best teams in the majors this year – the Giants, Dodgers, Rays, Brewers and Astros – are running analytically. All they have on the Yankees is a great app for data. This is not just about buying beautiful tiles. This is to assemble the best mosaic. That’s art. That is the feeling.
And in their fanaticism behind the Yankees fast – by hand and especially off the bat – they lost their way by a set of individually understandable decisions, but not as a whole. This drained them of protection, variety and athleticism. He never saw the AL become a dominant force in the East or what his Doppelganger Dodgers on the West Coast were doing with the biggest payers in the majors.
Really, all they have to do is turn on the TV last year and watch the World Series between those teams and compare how little athletic they are.
Instead, they were stubborn. He stuck with Gary Sanchez behind the plate and Glaber Torres at shortstop and the offensive philosophy of creating enough runs to overcome all the big and strong mistakes. Even when he decided to add left-handed bats, he did so, leaving the depth of the prospect of descending on Joey Gallo screaming all the way from Texas to left-handed Sanchez. The Yanks physique was literally big, but less intimidating.
The Mystic and Aura were once the Yankees’ 10th and 11th men. Part of it moved from a new mall a decade ago – that is, the stadium – to augment facilities and reduce the risk to opposing players. But mostly it was a Yankees team that could not make the postseason against any club outside of AL Central. The Yankees no longer scare opponents.
And now let’s look at the AL East. The Rays have the best record of AL in the last two asons, and if anything, this year is younger and better. The Red Sox are again pursuing their championship, bust and rise this century. The Blue Jays are rising. The Yankees entered the playoffs this year with all their flaws. He lasted 8 ¹ / 2 innings. He departed the following year with no clear sign of being better than the main division competition.
So what will they do this season to change that?
The answer revolves around Hal Steinbrenner in two key areas: 1. Are they upset about leadership – the people who make the mosaic? 2. How much higher wages does he take to try to paper over the shortcomings.
Brian Cashman is, in many ways, the fifth Steinbrunner kid. His contract is one year pending. Hal Steinbrenner respects his advice. I can see Steinbrenner demanding major structural changes in the decision making tool, but I doubt his GM will come back.
Boone is shaking with the expiration of his contract. The Yangs have now been ousted twice by their hated rival since he and Boston’s Alex Cora started the same year (2018). My guess (and this is just an educated guess) is that Boone will return, but will have to rework its coaching staff, especially when it comes to the hitting end. Here’s a thought: If Cora is in good shape after the Astros ’sign-stealing suspension, should the Yanks continue to hit Carlos Beltran as a bench or bench coach?
As for payroll, the Yankees remain at the threshold of resetting their taxes without knowing what arrangement is in place after signing a new collective bargaining agreement. But this year’s more economical approach, like the Steinbrenner 2021 Dodgers – do you want to increase wages significantly? Because Aaron Judge’s calculation is coming. The judges are entering their walk year. Will they make $ 18 million in 2022 or wait?
Judges Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton join the books as mega-pacts. Does the fourth have endurance with a guy like Steinbrenner Cory Seeger? Stanton was healthy, clutch, productive. But the DH role will be restricted if his presence reduces the athleticism of the judges or if he needs time to defend his body because signing the judges will make it a long trick. Baseball’s aging curve is unknown to the size of the judge and makes it very difficult to go with him.
Another problem hanging over the Yankees is the short stop. He believes that Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe are two of their best prospects. If the 2020 Minor League season is over, maybe one or the other is ready next year. But it’s most likely 2023. So the Yankees should stop the stopgap shortstop in 2022. He can go very big with Caesar, his left-handed bat helps, and when the time comes, his physique and aggressive profile translate to third base.
He could try for Marcus Semien, who showed he could play second this year. He is athletic with good clubhouse reps and his signature away from the Blue Jays. I see Cesar and Semien more in the upscale aisle than Jaeger Baez, Carlos Correa or Trevor Story – and, although I love Caesar’s Left Stroke, I tend to favor Semien. If the Yankees avoid big price tags, here are two business candidates they should follow:
1. Nicky Lopez
The Royals don’t want to trade the domestic products they love. But his best prospect, Bobby Witt Jr., is shortstop and ready, and Aldaberto Mondesi is still on the roster. So Kansas City has jurisdiction. Lopez lacks the power to like Yankee baseball ops. But the team needs a little batting average in the squad, all areas where athleticism-switch-hitting Lopez is the best in defense and grounds on the field.
2. Jake Cronenworth
Should the Padres reduce or remodel their payroll after spending a record amount of their most disappointing season? At a previous trade deadline, Padres GM AJ Preller was ready to attach expectations to move Eric Hosmer (four years, $ 59 million remaining). If I drive the Yankees I won’t take Hosmer because Anthony Rizzo is a good fit for a grade or two if he can bring them back. But if the Yankees can afford reasonable access to the versatile, left-handed Cronenworth, should he be given two years for $ 16 million, or two years for a $ 37 million damaged U Darvish?
Reizo is a good fit for the Yankees, but I wouldn’t give the 32-year-old more than a two-year contract. Is there any team?
The Yankees have good pitching depth, especially with Luis Severino being healthy and Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery and Jameson Tylon joining the rotation corner. Can you believe in the sticky thing to gamble on a one-year strong contract to join Justin Verlander and Collie after Tommy John surgery, replace Cory Kluber and push Nestor Cortes, Domingo German and Michael King into relief?
The other important aspect of the Yankees is smoking is not storage. Sunny Gray hitting Gallo. He doesn’t need any part of this environment. The Yankees can’t wait to get back as much as they give up, especially as Gallo’s walking year is approaching, but analytical-heavy teams still love his skills and believe it will flourish outside New York. Should the Yankees feel rushed here and not stubborn — have they really seen these two plus months and thought Galloway would be a better version in New York year 2?
By the end of the second straight season, Gary Sanchez was no longer the starter for big games. He strives to be good everywhere but there is still plenty of power-play to do with a little offense a year. Tyler Stephenson was out for Cincinnati this year, leaving left-hanging Tucker Barnhardt more likely to spend. The Yankees should trade him or try to sign him if the Reds don’t take his $ 7.5 million option.
Like the Sanchez, the Yanks lost the opportunity to trade when Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier and Luke Voight were valued. The Yankees need to examine why so many of their players have had early performances of offensive excellence and subsequently suffered injury and / or decline in performance (Glyber Torres is in the group). Everyone deserves mediation. And the Yankees should start thinning the 40-man roster and the payoffs of non-sports, defensively challenged right hitters.
An era began in 2016 when the Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, especially Torres and Frazier. He reached the ALCS the following year and reached the playoffs of all five seasons. Still, the window of this era appears to be closing if the title is not closed. The Yankees cannot keep players stubborn and, in particular, aggressive philosophy tends to accelerate if they adopt rule changes, making the ball more playable and defense more valuable.
Feeling firm realizes it.