Rebuild, Reload or do nothing?
I know it’s not the ideal time to talk about the off-season while there are still games to play but with how dead this team has looked this series, I think making improvements is on everyone’s mind. We will delve deeper into these issues and examine everything after the playoffs but use this thread to talk about the future of this team.
The last time the Yankees looked this feeble was probably 2008 and it led to a massive spending spree in the offseason. Adding 3 high-end Free Agents and the last seasons of some productive veterans (Matsui, Damon, etc.). With the impending payroll restrictions that Hal & Levine are putting in place, I don’t see the Yankees spending $450 Million on Free Agents like they did. Add in the injury comebacks of Jeter & Mariano and the ARod debacle that is brewing and this is going to be a very important off-season.
I don’t think the team has the young players to do a re-build. they traded away what would be the core of their young lineup in Austin Jackson and Jesus Montero - potential leadoff and cleanup hitters for the next 6 years. What they do have ready are 2 potential hitters in Corban Joseph and David Adams. I think Adams should be given a legitimate shot at 3B next year. Joseph is obviously blocked at 2B by Cano but his bat appears ready. Do they find another position for Joseph? Along with these 2, they have a couple of OFs in Zoilo Almonte & Melky Mesa who could be useful players, but I don’t think either player is ready to make an impact or be more than a platoon player in the near future. The true future of the team is 2-3 years away. Guys like Tyler Austin, Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams,Angelo Gumbs, Ramon Flores & Gary Sanchez. Out of these 10 position players if 2 or 3 of them become players, it will give the team their new core to build around.
This current team looks old and stagnant. Their defense is average at best and most of the hitters are constantly looking to pull the ball over the fence. Hitters that use the whole field and take what the pitcher gives you is what is needed. Without much money to spend on FAs and only a couple of young players ready in 2013, should the Yanks explore trading some of their 2014 Free Agents like Granderson, Cano, Hughes, Joba & Logan? Let’s hear your ideas.