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Fan Confidence Poll: July 15th, 2013

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Record Last Week: 3-4 (25 RS, 27 RA)
Season Record: 51-44 (373 RS, 375 RA, 47-48 pythag. record), 6.0 GB ALE/3.0 GB WC
Opponents This Week: Mon. to Tues. OFF, @ Red Sox (three games, Fri. to Sun.)

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  1. trr says:

    I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m down to a “4”.
    It’s becoming clearer this will be our worst finish in years.
    I know, there’s still a lot of ball to be played, and I’m taking the pessimistic view….but there seems to be less hope as time goes on.
    Believe me, I WANT to be wrong…..

  2. VaYankeeFan says:

    Confident is NOT a word I would apply to the Yankees right now!

  3. OldYanksFan says:

    Maybe some things to discuss over the next 4 boring days:
    … Should the Yankees throw in the towel for this team and look to the future?
    I know they can try and get some help and hope the players coming back can make a difference. It’s a shame this is happening in Mo’s and Andy’s last year… but should the Yanks compromise the future (by trading our better farm hands) to go for the very outside chance they can go anywhere this year?

    … It seems like a done deal that ARod is in trouble.
    Would the Yankees be better of asking ARod to serve any suspension THIS year and hope he can help the team next year… OR should he appeal and push any suspension to next year, when a suspension next year would really help with bring down the Tax threshold?

    … It is time to Rebuild?
    Most of our talent is a few years away. We are looking at a $189m payroll in 2014. Next year, Mo is gone. Probably Grandy, Andy, Joba and Kiroda also. Phil is tenuous. ARod is probably suspended for a good portion of next year. Jeter, considering his defense, might barely be an average SS (at 40). We can’t really count on Teix and CC. The Red Sox pulled it off. Should we clean house? Which brings us to …

    … Robbie Cano.
    If the farm comes through, we may have a young and decent team in 2015 or 2016. By 2016, CC and Teix are in their last year, and we may have some payroll flexibility. Like having Mantle on the team in ’66 and ’67, Cano might be the only player worth watching in the following years, but is it worth ANOTHER ARod/CC/Teix type contract to have a team that ONE great players can’t single handedly carry into the PS? What can we expect from Robbie in 2016 and going forward? Would that $20m/yr be better off spent elsewhere, along with the pick we get if we let him go to free-agency?

    … Is it time to abandon the WIN NOW! philosophy, which almost always makes us compromise the future?

    • mitch says:

      I definitely would not throw in the towel. They’re 3 games out of the WC with 67 to play. There are no great teams in the AL…make the playoffs and you have a chance.

      It’s not going to happen with this roster though. And it’s probably not going to happen with this roster plus whatever they get from Jeter and Arod. Add a couple bats before it’s too late or that 3 win hole is just going to get deeper.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Since four of your topics are essentially the same line of questioning (sell sell SELL!!!!!), I would like to propose we bat around the A-Rod question:

      I think regardless on how screwed he is or isn’t, A-Rod and the Union won’t let him go down like that. I think if anything is to happen, the will appeal the suspension on the basis of not having ACTUALLY failed a test and the League is trying to hang him out to dry on what is essentially here-say. Shit, Ryan Braun actually DID fail a test and walked away on a technicality.

      All this said, I don’t think A-Rod serves a day of suspension in 2013. If anything (which again, I am completely doubting), it might be all the way out to 2014.

      • Vern Sneaker says:

        Even if he plays, what are we getting? It’s very uncertain either he or Jeter can contribute anything important this year. As far as us being contenders, they are not the future, either.

        • MannyGeee says:

          As we saw from 3 ABs from Jeter this season, its not hard to provide more offense from that side of the infield than what we’re used to seeing.

      • OldYanksFan says:

        That was my feeling until 2 days ago.
        But the most recent articles on ARod talked about a 150 game suspension, or maybe ARod cutting a deal. I don’t know where this came from, but after his meeting, ARod was so freaked out, that his didn’t show up for his next game.

        Bosch is cooperating with MLB. He is in deep shit for forging prescriptions, and appears that he will do whatever he can to lessen any problems he has coming his way. The CBA gives Selig some latitude in handing out PEDs suspensions, they are going after this Biogenisis thing VERY hard, and I believe then general public (as well as MANY players) want blood.

        I am NOT into SELL SELL SELL! mode. I just don’t want them to trade any of our better kids for rentals. I want to Yankees to consider that losing this year is not as bad as potentially damaging 2015 and beyond.

        In a sinking ship, sometimes it’s better to be more concerned about the lifeboats.

        • MannyGeee says:

          Meh, I would discount the MLBPA though. The Union has alot of pull, and I can see anything handed down being a major fight. This is not as simple as Melky pissing dirty and serving a suspension. We are talking about the highest paid athlete in the history of the game and ZERO smoking guns outside of the word of some guy trying to save his ass for forging prescriptions.

          “Unnamed Sources” talking about imminent suspensions and mention 150 games without precedent doesn’t worry me much. Unnamed sources told me Cano was getting suspended for PEDs too, yet here we are.

          • Jim Is Bored says:

            ARod’s not missing any games in 2013 because of PED’s. You’re absolutely right on this one.

            No guarantees for 2014. or 2015. But there’s no way appeals processes are finishing before October.

        • Betty Lizard says:

          ARod was so freaked out, that he didn’t show up for his next game didn’t sit in the dugout for a game that was obviously rained out but did take the team to dinner at a steakhouse.

          FIFY

    • YanksFan says:

      So you want to sell but they don’t have much to sell. The NYY can have a 189 payroll and have 4 high priced players on it. The problem is A-Rod’s contract. CC & Tex are not as crazy. Cano’s may not be as crazy and will expire after the other 3 which is why I’m not as concerned.

      Not just you, but other comments and media have said that the Yanks can’t win this year and shouldn’t sacrifice their blue-chip prospects. Where has it ever been suggested that that is the plan? Since Cash got control in 2005 he have not panicked and traded anyone of significance. They lost Shef & Matsui in the same month and he didn’t do that. Why would he start this year?

  4. I'm One says:

    Staying at a 7, although I do have my doubts about this season. I want to see what they do before the trading deadline. Do they make any significant moves and if so, are they short term patches or can they provide longer term dividends? What do they do in the offseason, resign Cano or move in another direction? What do they do about pitching?

    The team has the financial strength to be perennial contenders. It’s still ab bit too soon to see how the FO will use those finances. The fact that they didn’t sign Darvish, Cespedes, Puig (or one or 2 others out of hundreds of others they might have signed) isn’t enough to tell me they aren’t trying to spend smartly over the long haul. I’ll give them till the end of the offseson, at least. However I do want to see a strong 2nd half and playoff run so Mo is sent off on a positive note!!!!!

  5. Frank says:

    5. Nothing about this team or organization to be excited about in the immediate or near future. Bad contracts need to expire/go away and the farm system, which is over-rated IMO, needs to get better.

  6. Vern Sneaker says:

    Been at 4 for a while, was never above 6 all year, based on view of playoffs likelihood. Obvious flaws and not too hopeful re significant corrections any time soon.

  7. Manny's BanWagon says:

    4.

    This team is heading towards a .500 season and next year’s looking worse. To make matters worse, the games are boring and this team is uninteresting and not very likable to quote Mike

  8. Kosmo says:

    NY needs to go 39-28 to finish at 90-72. Even if they miss the playoffs that would still be a respectable record. Can they reach that mark ? Perhaps if they make a couple of impactful trades.
    I could see trading Hughes and someone else to the Angels for something like a package of 2 out of Cron,Calhoun and Lindsey. All 3 are blocked at their respective positions. Calhoun is MLB ready and the other 2 are 1 year away.
    I could also see NY pursuing Kendrys Morales and Carlos Ruiz. I would also include the likes of Young and Rios.
    if NY doesn´t add come the 8/1st deadline then it looks to me like a 4th place finish.
    post all-star break schedule is going to be the acid test for NY.

    • MannyGeee says:

      39-28 is COMPLETELY feasible. We’ve seen versions of this team (albeit better versions) run off 20-win months in the recent past.

      Is 90 enough to get in the playoffs? Who’s to say…

      • Kosmo says:

        Yes 90-72 is feasible if NY adds 2 good hitters or so otherwise teams will be very happy to unintentionally intentionally walk Cano and take their chances with the garbage that follows.
        Yanks will fall back to .500 if they fail to improve the lineup.

        • MannyGeee says:

          Like Granderson and Jeter?

          • Kosmo says:

            Both are question marks. When is Granderson due back ? I have not heard a thing on his ETA . The Yanks need Jeter at the top of the lineup in the worst way.
            Gardner
            Jeter
            Cano
            Morales
            Granderson
            Almonte/Ichiro
            Overbay
            Ruiz
            3b ?
            would be a lot better lineup than what they seem to be currently stuck with.

  9. LarryM Fl says:

    6. The team is the image of what we see each and every night. You can not get more production out of them. Unless the Yankee FO makes a push for trades, meaningful trades for productive hitters. The season will be a mirror of last week against the Royals and Twins. There maybe some uplifting performances but I do not expect as Kosmo hopes for 11 games above .500 on the back end of this year.

    If no trades are made then Arod and Cano will dominate Yankee baseball as their careers move forward in the news.

  10. Murderers' Row Boat says:

    I’m confident that the Yankees will not make the playoffs this year, however I am confident that the Yankees will get younger next year.

    • mitch says:

      I don’t see them getting any younger until the old crap starts coming off the books. That’s not happening next season.

      • Murderers' Row Boat says:

        Old players that are coming off the books this off-season:

        Youk, Mo(Has a sad), Pettitte, Granderson, Kuroda, and hopefully A-Rod (Spits on ground)

        • pat says:

          HAWK PATOOOOEY

        • mitch says:

          I wasn’t really counting pitchers. I don’t think age is an issue with that part of the team. I agree the staff is likely to get younger.

          Who’s going to replace Youk and Granderson? Adams and Almonte? I wouldn’t be surprised if they were replaced with even older players in 2014.

          • Murderers' Row Boat says:

            You’re forgetting about the $189m line. If this year does anything, it will cement the idea into the minds of the owners that spending 230m+ on a team doesn’t always end well. So between the experience with A-Rod’s contact and the luxury tax, be prepared for the Yankees to go with an Adams/Almonte type team next year.

            • mitch says:

              I agree they’re going to fill the holes inexpensively, but i think we’re more likely to see cheap veterans than cheap rookies. I don’t think the days of filling out the roster with Overbays and Hafners is over yet.

        • handtius says:

          Granderson is not old and Kuroda, while old, is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now. Age is irrelevant if it doesn’t improve the team (obviously).

      • Ed says:

        Agreed. There either is no talent waiting to arrive or it’s far in the future and the decision to hold the line on money will cripple the team for at least 2 more years. I thought going into this year that 2013 would be bearable and 2014 would be awful. The train pulled into the station early. Another year of Wells and Ichiro, 3 more of Tex, 4 more of A-Rod and CC and room must be made for Jeter. If they sign Cano there goes a huge hunk of the budget into 7 players. How does this team compete? How does it improve? And would a fan base bloated on years of the win or die drumbeat stand for a true rebuilding process?

  11. Poconos Adam says:

    I look at “future” as now-three years from now — I’m a long term guy, but I don’t discount the season we’re in.

    I started the year at a six, elevated to a seven for a bit and have been back at six for several weeks. The six is about the attitude of win now, fans in seats, PR-driven approach the Yankees are using. They created the perfect storm with high ticket prices, bad talent, huge contracts, unattractive roster and then throw in the luxury tax. Yuck.

    I’m fine with hanging in there this year, but don’t give away anything we need for the future — including Hughes — if he pitches even “okay” the rest of the year, he will sign a lucrative deal with an NL team and bring back a high compensation pick. Take the pick over some LOOGY or mediocre 3b upgrade.

    CUT ICHIRO after this year. I don’t care about the money — give those ABs to Brendan Boesch next year and let’s see what he can do with 450-500 ABs.

    …and as everyone here has said — for goodness sakes get some better scouts — these drafts are not producing!

    • trr says:

      Not sure why you’re singling out Ichiro over some of the more obvious failures we’ve had to endure. Yes, his age, perhaps his viability next year are a concern, but heretofore he’s been one of our most productive hitters….

      • Poconos Adam says:

        I call out Ichiro simply because he’s taking ABs away from people who have a future with the organization. First he took them from Boesch, soon it will be Almonte (when Grandy returns).
        It’s not his fault the Yankees signed him to a two year deal. He’s a fine little player — it’s the signing and retaining of Ichiro that makes me doubt the thought-process of the organization.

        • trr says:

          If you mean there’s more to signing Ichiro (i.e., it’s a marketing strategy in Japan, there’s a chance he might chase 3,000 hits) then I agree with you. I’m not that high on Boesch, but in general agree that the younger players have to play in order to be assessed, and to prgress….

          • Poconos Adam says:

            I’m only interested in seeing what Boesch can do — he’s left handed and plays a position of long-term need….give me a young option there and I’ll forget him in a second!

            • YanksFan says:

              The Boesch who can’t even play because of he’s injured? The Boesch who the NYY got in March after they had Ichiro signed in November?

              A little unfair to get on him. He’s a nice player to have on the team. He’s just playing a little too much.

              I think Ichiro at 6.5 and Wells at basically zero salary next year are very tradeable.

  12. Robert says:

    Poor drafts have put us in this position. Outside of JR Murphy there are no position prospects above single A.
    Bichette Culver and the 3 Doubtfielders show little promise.

    Anyone who watched the Futures game yesterday saw what strong position prospects are soon to join there ML Teams.

    We should trade some of our pitching prospects to the Twins for Buxton or Sano…..

    • Poconos Adam says:

      What pitching prospects are landing us one of the top ten prospects in all of baseball?

      Depaula, Ramirez, plus two more of the Yankees best prospects probably wouldn’t fetch those guys…..the Twins have a plan (unlike the Yankees) and their plans include those two guys being at Target Field for a long time.

  13. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Taking a break until after the all-star game when I will head to enemy territory for Saturday’s game. I hope that forensic, Tilapia, Vicky, Pat D and the rest of the regulars can keep you guys of the bridges.

    I leave you with this look at the injuries and the roster and tell me how you can’t be happy that they are 8 over instead of 8 under.

    God damn spoiled Yankees fans….LOL.

    • Poconos Adam says:

      Acting as if the current team record indicates anything positive about the organization’s future is just silly.

      I’m impressed with what this roster has accomplished. That doesn’t change the flavor of the odor coming from said roster.

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

        I’m not indicating anything about this organization’s future everyone understand that this is an organization is in transition. I’m just happy to at least be spending this part of the transition 8 games over then 8 games under. Because with all injuries the latter could of been easily reached.

        Obviously some changes need to be made to move upward what a shocker.

        • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

          Maybe people rather be the Cubs they are also in transition.

          Once again:

          God damn spoiled Yankees fans….LOL.

          • Poconos Adam says:

            You’re missing the whole point.

            Where do you see an organization in transition? I see the same BS going on that landed the organization in this spot. Old players, bad contracts, no development of young talent…..

            I’m not a spoiled Yankees fan — I’m a fan who wants to see direction from my team — the only direction we have now is “get under $189 million.

            I get it — teams need to rebuild — I LOVE the rebuilding phase — it’s fun watching kids try to make it — but right now no one seems to know where the team is going. I don’t care about the record — so lose for a few years while you rebuild.

            You can say it’s a special case due to Petite, Mo and Jeter, but when does that end? That line of thinking leads to “well, we re-signed Cano to $200 million, so we need to go for it these next nine years” — that’s a crappy baseball team in the making.

            Arrogant posts about everyone being spoiled don’t answer the question of where this team is going.

            • Jim Is Bored says:

              He’s not missing the point. You’re putting words into his mouth.

              He’s not complaining about the rational criticism. He’s complaining about the whiners and bridge jumpers who think the season is over already. You can vote a 4, a 5, a 6, whatever.

              Constructively criticize all you want, “This year’s team is boring and I hate it” doesn’t answer the question of where this team is going either. I know that’s not you, but it’s a lot of people.

            • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

              “no development of young talent”

              How many young players do the Yankees have on their current roster? I count about 8 who are new or in the ” we don’t know what they are phase”.
              I’m sorry that they all can’t be Bryce Harper.
              Who do you want them to bring up? Please enlightened us.

              “Old players”
              Most of the old players are under short terms deals they are trying to use them to stay completive.

              “bad contracts”
              They trying their best to stay away from those some of them they can’t do anything about i.e. A-Rod.

              The spoiled part comes from after all these years of success and having a current team that shouldn’t be anywhere near 8 over you want them to outline for you a successful road map for next 15 encompassing and planning around every possible pitfall along the way.

              Can you come up with that plan? We all love to see it.

              • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

                The Yankees organization is currently trying to adapt to the many changes in MLB. Changes that were arguably made directly to effective them can we wait until the dust settles before passing judgment.

                • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

                  Hopefully, if we are lucky, the Yankees can figure things out within the next few years. Because, take this from my own personal experience, those couple of losing years your willing to take for development of future success can easily become 15 years of zero playoffs.

              • Poconos Adam says:

                Who’s putting words in who’s mouth now?

                Yeah, be a dope and act like everyone but you thinks every young player should be Trout or Harper — that’s a stupid way of making an argument. I understand that the teams what have hot young players often have them because they were so bad and had so many high picks for so long.

                ….however, there are plenty of teams that have continued to give young players a chance, balanced them with older talent and remained competitive (St. Louis, Oakland)….that’s what I’d like to see.

                I’m not a sky is falling guy — and demanding me to outline my roadmap for the next 15 years is idiotic….you really have a problem with anyone critiquing the team, don’t you?

                Fine. My plan in 12 words: “patience, balance and a focus on baseball and not headlines and marketing.”

                Your plan appears to be “we’re 8 games over .500 all is well for now and the future.”

                • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

                  “however, there are plenty of teams that have continued to give young players a chance, balanced them with older talent and remained competitive (St. Louis, Oakland)….that’s what I’d like to see.”

                  Dude that’s what the Yankees are doing this like year one. The problem is that their young player and older talent haven’t been as successful as St. Louis, Oakland.

                  “you really have a problem with anyone critiquing the team, don’t you?”

                  No. I have a problem with criticizing a plan that has yet to be developed. Lets see what happens in next few years before saying damn this doesn’t work.

                  My plan in 12 words: “patience, balance and a focus on baseball and not headlines and marketing.

                  Yeah, ok that’s nice we will take this to Cashman right a way. Seriously easy to say lets try to put that into action while trying to keep 1.2 billon company successful.

                  My plan is wait and see and enjoy being 8 over when they shouldn’t be.

                  Please don’t use Oakland when was the last time they made it past the first round let alone win a championship.

                  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

                    Hal: Ok, Brian what’s your plan for the next few years. What are we looking at as far as personnel? What moves can we make?

                    Cashman: Well, I’m thinking of using patience, balance and a focus on baseball and not headlines and marketing.

                    Hal; Your fired.

                  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

                    Sorry been say 8 over they are 7 over.

                • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

                  If your going to criticize bring some REALISTIC answers (players, moves, etc.) because otherwise your just bitching.

  14. hogsmog says:

    6.

    I’m all for trading for a bat and making a run for this year, but have changed my mind about next year. I’m for trying to stay under 189, then trying to make a splash in 2015 when maybe Sanchez/some of the AA outfielders come up, Wells/Ichiro/Jeter are off the books, and we can nab a solid FA or two.

  15. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Baseline 6. SSDD. Read what I wrote last week or the week before. Still applies.

  16. steves says:

    There are many red herrings floating out there (Grandy coming back; deadline trades, etc.). Just ask yourself the following questions.

    1) What good is a trading deadline deal or Grandy coming back in early August if the Yanks are already double-digits out by August 1? The real miracle of the season will be if the Yanks can play .500 over the next 12 games (3 in Bos, 4 in Texas, 3 at home with Tampa and 2 in Dodger Stadium).

    2) Which of those series will they win or even avoid getting swept? Would anyone be shocked if they ended-up 2-10 or 1-11 over the next 12?

    3) Did a team ever look more white flag/going through the motions/done than the Yankees yesterday (including the manager who sat there with his hands clasped in praying mode most of yesterday (at least when the camera was on him))?

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      “double-digits out by August 1″

      They won’t be double digits out of a playoff spot. The easy, maybe.

      I don’t think people realize how hard it is to lose a ton of games in the standings that quickly.

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        The east*

      • steves says:

        It would be a very precipitous drop for sure but there are 3 very good wild card teams in front of them (Tex, Tampa, Balt) so only 2 of 3 would need to maintain their pace over the next 12 to 13 games as the Yanks completely hit bottom.

  17. JLC 776 says:

    4 – but I’ll point out that I’ve been at a 4 for most of the year (the recent struggles are kind of what I expected for the team all along).

    My score isn’t likely to change until the plan for the future becomes a little more apparent. Too many mixed messages from the FO.

    • Poconos Adam says:

      “Too many mixed messages from the FO.”

      Amen JLC!

      • YanksFan says:

        Please give us some of those mixed messages. I see a team trying to get under 189, unless they can’t field a competitive team in their opinions. I see them signing older 1 year rentals to give the youngsters time to develop and reach the majors. I see a team, due to the rash of injuries, picking up waiver wire claims, playing them and then releasing them upon finding something better.

        All of those lead to 1 message only. Nothing mixed about it.

        • Poconos Adam says:

          I counted two just in your post.

          1) get under $189
          2) be over $189 if can’t compete

          Every rental that crowds the 40 man means limited flexibility in bringing kids up — at some point you need to ditch the rentals — and signing Ichiro and getting Wells — that’s two OF spots on two guys for two years who have no useful future with the team — and that is going to cost young players who may have a future playing time (Boesch already had his opportunity wasted by these guys).

          • YanksFan says:

            The rentals is what allows the kids to develop since the big 3 are at 2A or Hi-A. They have not hurt anyone’s development if you read what I’ve written above.

            To recap:

            Ichiro at 6.5 M and Wells at basically zero are very tradeable next season. One should be a 4th OF for the team.

            Boeach was acquired after each of those players. He is also injured and is not capable of playing.

            The 40 man has been in a constant state of flux because they have rentals. They’ve been picking up and discharging them for marginal upgrades. This allows the team to get better short term and not hurt their flexibility.

            Almonte is up here and playing more often than not.

            So who is being hurt? No one. You are complaining about something that doesn’t exist.

  18. Jim Is Bored says:

    10.

    Just because I can.

    (before everyone complains about ruining the integrity of the poll, i’m actually around a 7, as i’ve been the entire year. Nothing’s changed)

    • YanksFan says:

      I voted my usual 9. I feel about an 8 though. People do not realize what all these other teams don’t have in the majors or minors.

      The Nats are this up & coming team with dynasty written all over them and they’re a .500 team.

      The O’s are this young team with 6 20-something players and yet are only 1 game up on the NYY.

      The Tigers are 2 games better than the NYY but in first because of their division foes. You hear about their great starting pitching and 3/4 hitters but aren’t dominant – why?

      That’s just 3 examples off the top of my head and we’re here bitching about our “shitty” team.

      After voting 9 – there were 17% that were either 1 or 2. There is no valid reason for either of those scores.

  19. lightSABR says:

    It’s amazing how much a good week or a bad week can swing my thoughts on this. After the last good week, I was reading the lists of potential trade targets with great interest.

    Now I’m wondering what we can get for Cano…

  20. Fin says:

    I have no hope for this years team and less hope for next years team. Seems very possible that the Yankees will be trotting out the same outfield next year. I dont know if its 189 or rebuilding or both but I dont think its by accident that the Yankees outfield, as shitty as it is, is set for 2014 at a cost of what 15m? Add the catching position into the mix and every non pitcher that is not Arod, Jeter, Tex, and possibly Cano is a very inexpensive player. If solid players like Martin and Swish were allowed to walk, I cant see them bringing in similar guys this off season. It seems at least for now the Yankees are going to get under 189 and hope for young guys to develop or wait for some of the huge contracts to come off the books. No way to tell if they stick with that strategy as an empty stadium and declining YES ratings could alter the course.

  21. Poconos Adam says:

    Bottom line: just because someone is not happy with the direction (or lack thereof) of the organization does not mean they should be mocked as a “sky is falling / spoiled fan”.

    • hogsmog says:

      Yeah, the old “starving kids in China” line is pretty stale.

    • YanksFan says:

      You once again have not shown the lack of direction of the franchise. That is what ticks me off about that segment of the fan base.

      Also, no one knows what Cash & Co. are trying to do. Cash has shown he talks to everyone and is always willing to trade anyone for the right price. Most teams would love to “suck” has much as the NYY have this year.

      No one has yet to tell me which other teams can lose 2 starters before spring training, 2 more starters in spring training, 2 of those starters backups, half of the catching platoon and still be over .500.

      And we’re supposed to listen to the pessimists. Fans need to get some perspective.

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

        EXACTLY!

        But since are friend seem to have a little problem with actually developing a team round his vision lets help.

        1st- Tex ( don’t see anyway to trade him)

        2nd – Adams ( Cano gone to free agency)

        SS- Jeter ( for a year)/Nunez

        3rd- Mustelier/ Nunez

        LF- Almonte

        CF- Gardner

        RF- Neal/Boesch/Mesa – the losers can be the bench guys.

        C-Romine/JR Murphy

        DH- A-Rod

        Starters- CC, Pineda, Nova, Nuno, and Phelps
        Pen-Kelley, Claiborne, Robertson, Warren, Betances and Logan

        The 2014 New York Yankees
        “patience, balance and a focus on baseball and not headlines and marketing”

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