Fan Confidence Poll: October 14th, 2013

Weekend Open Thread
Cashman says Yankees "can't replace" A-Rod

2013 Season: 85-77 (637 RS, 671 RA, 77-85 pythag. record), didn’t qualify for playoffs

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Weekend Open Thread
Cashman says Yankees "can't replace" A-Rod
  • MannyGeee

    Baseline 7… yawn.

    Wake me up when Granderson/Cano re-sign or they find dead hookers in the trunk of A-Rods Town Car.

    • Scully

      Lol agreed. As long as CBS doesn’t own the team I can’t see to vote less than a 7. After all, we’re the G*d D*mned Yankees!

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      It’s sad when our most fervent hope is that one of our best players DOESN’T play.

      • MannyGeee

        Not so much hoping, just want to be notified when real news happens. No offense to the Girardi re-signing, but if hot topic #2 is “The Yankees will eventually possibly be all in on that Japanese guy who hasn’t been posted yet”, well… yawn.

    • sevrox

      Arod has a Maybach, not a Town Car. Town Car be too ‘ghetto’ for The Rod.

  • Poinsettia

    Resigning Girardi means that nothing is going to change. It is obvious that the people that are trying to run this team have no clue. Until Levine, Cashman, etal are removed, the Yankees won’t be competitive.
    Mo said it best in his speech from the mound on Sunday when he said how much we all miss and owe to George. If he were here all of these people would be gone.

  • Hubward

    Wow I voted a 6 and it turns out I’m one of irrationally optimistic ones…

  • VaYankeeFan

    Can’t move off a 4 until the Yankee “brain-thrust” starts to move! And then it all depends on which way they move? Getting Joe G is a move in the right direction; Cano, Grandy, FA’s & etc will determine the future? GO YANKEES

  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    I was down to a 3 while watching our broken-down crew of geriatrics fade into the sunset. What a pathetic finale. Up to 5, since that pain is finally over. I normally rest between 7 and 8, so I’m hoping something happens to restore my confidence.

  • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

    Have been and remain a 4.

    Things that will get me to move higher:
    -a suspension to ARod of sufficient length to materially impact payroll for 2014. 150 games or so.
    -a demonstrated willingness to put that saved money to work, right up to 189 or hopefully higher, for players like Tanaka, McCann, and Choo (and yes Cano and Granderson too)
    -cut Ichiro and Wells
    -progress on the farm

    • I’m One

      I’m with you on most of that. However:

      Choo? Pass.
      Cut Ichiro? I’m neither here nor there on that one. Don’t really care one way or the other.

      I’m also may be in the minority on Cano. I’d like him back, but not for longer than 6 or 7 years @ $25M per year (preferably 6 with an option). Otherwise, use the money elsewhere, which would really shake things up.

      Similarly, on Granderson, I’d definitely take him on a QO, maybe on a 2 or 3 year deal, but don’t feel he’s a required signing.

      I also really want to see them go hard after Tanaka. Since the posting fee doesn’t count against the lucury tax, you’re looking at probably less than $10M AAV for 5 or 6 years for a 24 year old starter who could be a #2 or a #1 starter. Even if he’s a #3, that’s not too bad.

      I’d like to see if they can get Kuroda back as well.

      • Farewell Mo

        The quickest way to rebuilt this mess would be putting together a dominant rotation. Hope for a bounce back by CC, Tanaka, resign Kuroda, hope Nova is the 2013 2nd half version and say a prayer for Pineda could potentially be formidable if everything broke just right.
        A lot of question marks but some good potential.

        • I’m One

          And while saying the prayer for Pineda, throw in one for Banuelos as well. There are possibilities, but it will take some luck, which the Yankees certainly didn;t have in 2013.

  • Farewell Mo

    The upper levels of the farm are extremely weak and the Yankees front office has shown little ability to develop young players. Now with many teams flush with cash, most of the best young talent has been locked up to long term deals. The FA market pretty much sucks and is mostly complementary type players who are gonna get paid like All-Stars. Add in monetary caps on draft picks and young IFAs that seem to have almost been written to screw the Yanks. They also have few trade assets and not a decent position player on the team under age 30. Add it all up and it seems far fetched to think they’re gonna be able to rebuilt this team quickly on a budget of all things to boot.
    I think the next few years are gonna get worse before they hopefully get better.

    • toad

      Sad but realistic.

      Add in an apparent inability to develop young talent and “4,” where I come out, may be optimistic.

  • Betty Lizard

    Nothing bad has happened yet.

    • ropeadope

      While this didn’t “happen” post-season, I was startled to read the A’s, Rays, and Pirates (all of whom made the playoffs), had a combined payroll lower than that of the Yankees.

      Source: Forbes (not linking because the article deviated away from baseball and became strictly political.

  • http://NYBronxBombers24-7 Brian L

    I voted a 3 until some of these guys start producing from the farm system you can’t vote to high that’s just my opinion

    • Kenny

      You want to try that again, this time in English?

  • LarryM FL

    5. Until the real action occurs I can not move up or down. A starter here, a younger position player or two. I could move up real quick.

  • David McCann

    Iam one of the minority who believe that we have a good minor league system and that our Yankees have a good chance to be playoff competitive witit too much tinkering,

    I give a grade of 8and1/2. I worry about our age but if Grandy, Cano and Kuoroda return along wiTex and the captain we should be good. Get Tanada and we will make the playoffs

    • ropeadope

      8 for me. Is Tanada a combo of Piñeda and Tanaka? If he’s an entirely different guy with quality potential and we can get him, I may jump to an 8 1/2 as well. We could go with a six man rotation, keeping everyone fresh over the course of the full season.

      1. CC
      2. Kuroda
      3. Nova
      4. Piñeda
      5. Tanaka
      6. Tanada

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Baseline 7 on the Yankees.

    Baseline 10 on my other favorite team’s three-peat changes. Oh, it’s time, bitches. We even got Greg Oden, just for shits.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Chances, not changes.

  • Fin

    I’m at 3. Arod mess, hand tying the Yankees. No help on the way from the minors. Mainly I’m going on what I have seen the last off season or 2 since the Yankees made this $189 plan known. They have basically employed a strategy of taking old has beens or never was and hoping to get something out of them. With so many roster spots turning over this year, I have little faith the Yankees are going to do what it takes financially to make this team a contender. Hell, with the way teams are locking up talent now, there might not be enough talent out there for the Yankees anyway. I don’t have much hope for the Yankees upgrading in trades either, as I don’t think they can be very competitive in the trade market with the state of the farm system.

  • csonk

    The franchise is Cashman’s HOT MESS. The Minor League associates have nothing coming, our best ‘potential’ talent still years away, if ever cash strapped by bad contracts and thinking of making yet another bad signing (Cano). He’s my favorite Yankee but not for over $20 million on a long term deathwish, er, deal…ala A-Rod, Texiera, CC. Re-signing Granderson would be foolish, he is in decline in the field and our entire line-up is .240 hitters (not winnin’ with that), and he’s 33 headin’ toward 40 fast. This team is in shambles and while I agree Girardi did an admirable job duct taping this mess together this year – he is NOT a good day-to-day on the field general, his best attribute being hailed as the baby-sitter transitional leader from greatness to whatever the hell this mess becomes for the next few years. Not a fan, he should have gone to the Cubs. If 25 things go just right and all the stars align perfectly we could be competitive but don’t get yer hopes up, Cashman is clueless without a checkbook & overabundance of FA talent available. Lean years ahead…I voted 3