The New York Yankeeshot stove is about as ice-cold as it has been in years.
But please don’t hang your hat on the theory that no news is good news here as there have been plenty of headlines about players hitting the free agent market and rejecting qualifying offers.
All fans can do is hope that something good is announced soon from GM Brian Cashman’s office, like the re-signing of catcher Russell Martin, along with southpaw Andy Pettitte and the team’s best starter in 2012, Hiroki Kuroda.
Now with Yankee Universe in disarray, other teams in the AL have taken notice, which makes this the worst time for the Yankees to become spend thrifty. This team has to retool, as you cannot rebuild with a depleted farm system.
TIGERS GET A HUNTER:
The latest news is that Detroit Tigers, who have eliminated the Yankees #28 hopes for the last two seasons inked outfielder Torii Hunter to a 2-year, $26 million deal.
Rumors immediately swirled that the Yankees were very interested in attaining the 37-year old Hunter, who hit .313 with 16 home runs and 92 RBI last season with the Angels. And this all made sense with the loss of Nick Swisher’s 24 homers and 93 RBIs.
But the Tigers moved faster and got the deal done. And the Yankees just sat and watched their biggest menace get that much better.
Still, what is spookier is that Hunter’s make-up fits the Yankees mold to a tee, as he is an aging and proven super-star who also happens to play a position where there is a need.
The reason, which almost brought tears to my eyes, as according to the NY Daily News, Hunter was looking for a two-year deal and the Yankees only wanted to pony up the green for one.
Yes, you read that right the Yankees budget could not afford that kind of deal, and the money comes before the glory now.
Technically speaking, the Yankees can afford to buy anything or anyone they want, but are choosing not too. This is a fact as Cashman has yet to make an offer to any player this off-season.
WHY THE SHI* IS HITTING THE FAN:
The biggest difference is when George Steinbrenner ran the team in comparison to his son Hal, he was a baseball fan first and an owner second.
See the Boss always put his money where his mouth was, while his son is stuffing it in his pocket when it should go back on the baseball field. And as Yahoo’s Les Carpenter wrote in a beautiful tribute, there will never be another George Steinbrenner.
I am now resorting to praying that three spirits visit baby Steinbrenner, who might as well be the Yankees Ebenezer Scrooge over the holidays and he comes to his senses because as a Yankee fan, I want to see a team that can win every year.
Look it is clear that Hal doesn’t love baseball like his dad, but the Yankee fans do because of him, so why change that formula?
Bottom-line is as a Yankee fan, I am bracing myself for the worst and so should you.
As former sports columnist Dan Parker once said, “The reason the Yankees never lay an egg is because they don’t operate on chicken feed.”