The Yankees have always been about the here and now.
Rebuilding is for losers.
Yet here they are today, struggling through a frigid
Northeast spring after a dismal start and wondering if their talented young
players will mature quickly enough to make some noise in a division that is
The A-Rods, Jeters, Riveras, Posadas and Teixeiras who
filled out lineup cards for so long are now just long gone, many fans don't
even know all the names of the new guys and the back pages of the Post and
Daily News will no doubt be ceded all season to the National League
Maybe it's time to re-trench. The Yankees have been in a rut
since winning the division title in 2012, winning between 84 and 87 games in
each of the last four seasons. They may be hard-pressed to climb even that modest-sized
hill this year. Indeed, oddsmakers now look at the ex-Bombers as just another
team - 15/1 to win the American League and 30/1 to win the Series.
The Yankees had hoped for a quick start so their young base
of players could gain confidence, but manager Joe Girardi has had to live with
just the opposite. First baseman Greg Bird is off to a brutal start, right
fielder Aaron Judge has also struggled, and new cornerstone catcher Gary
Sanchez is struggling and already missing games because of an arm injury. Combined, the three entered Sunday's game batting a combined .105.
But if Girardi has nightmares these days, it has to be about
the starting pitching. CC Sabathia is 36 and hasn't had a dominant season since
going 15-6 in 2012, ace Masahiro Tanaka got drilled in his first game and the
Yanks are just crossing their fingers and hoping that Michael Pineda has a
bounceback season. Both Tanaka and Pineda are free agents, and the word in New
York is that Tanaka will be allowed to walk away this November. Very
But free agency and the Yankees are never a long cab right
apart, and MLB observers are speculating the New York is just keeping its
powder dry for the winter of 2018, when the heirs of George Steinbrenner can
honor their big-spending ancestor by opening up the checkbook and spending
upwards of a billion dollars to sign the superstar tandem of Manny Machado and
If that happens, the Yankees will own the back pages of the
NYC tabloids - and perhaps the American League East - once again. Until then,
patience will be tested in the Big Apple.
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