29 Jun 2014
The Yankees just brought the infield in a scoreless game with one out in the top of the second. I think your manager is trying to tell you that he doesn’t trust his lineup.
Can you blame him? Currently, six Yankees have sub-.700 OPS’s. That’s the most in baseball. Some are surprising, like Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, some are not- Brian Roberts and Ichiro. The question is, what are you going to do about it?
Here’s my suggestion- nothing. Don’t make a trade for a bat that can carry this lineup. Don’t make a trade for a pitcher who can fix this rotation. Admit that after half a season this team is fundamentally flawed. Try to do better in 2015. I have some ideas about how that might be possible.
1- Soriano and Ichiro have some value to teams in contention with particular holes. Trade them to those teams and eat all of the money. You will get better prospects.
2- Let Brian Roberts go, or trade him for a bag of balls, and promote Refsnyder or Pirela. Clearly, the Yankees will need both a new shortstop and second baseman next year, one of these guys could be that answer. It’s time to find out.
3- David Robertson has tremendous value right now- trade him for future pieces. I don’t know if Betances can be the future closer, but I wouldn’t bet on anyone as a future closer unless their name was Mariano Rivera. the truth is closers mostly flame out quickly. Why not capitalize on the one you have and turn him into something for the future?
It’s weird to wave the flag of surrender when you are only two games back, but the Yankees have to face up to their flaws at some point. Tanaka is under contract for
two three more years after this season, I would recommend you make the most of those and give up on 2014 right now.