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New York Yankees: Preview Of The 2012 Team Preview

Most baseball writers and bloggers wait until ESPN’s John Kruk and Tim Kurkjian fire-up the “Baseball Tonight Bus Tour” to start featuring team previews, so why the rush?

The reason is the 2012 New York Yankees are on route to being last season’s identical twin, which wasn’t enough then and odds are it won’t be now.

With a little luck, mixed in with smarts GM Brian Cashman did find the pot of gold in 2011 but remember the Yankees did not make it past the ALDS. And it is hard to believe that almost the same team, a year later will be World Series bound.

The media will spread rumors that the Yankees are bigger ‘players’ in the market because it sells, but when has the Yankee brass been shy about expressing their interests. The simple fact it is that actions speak louder than words.

So, when Cashman told Dan Patrick that the team’s offseason priority was pitching back on November 4th it gave the notion that the Yankees would be perusing one of the top free agent arms, like Rangers CJ Wilson.

That is till I realize that this time last year Cashman had already made multiple trips to Arkansas and everyone knew it was to convince Cliff Lee to come to New York.

All that Cashman has said about Wilson is:

“I don’t think it’s a stretch to tell anyone he’s the most attractive candidate.”

So, there will be no Lee type bidding wars to lose, as the Yankee brass clearly stated that the team’s biggest move was to lock-up CC Sabathia, and that is exactly what Cashman did.

That means no surprise Christmas gifts named Reyes, Pujols or Fielder. So, Yankee fans should try not to get their hopes up because unless ‘the Boss’ gets reincarnated, Pujols will not be in pinstripes because the team does already have one of the best first baseman in Mark Teixeira.

In retrospect the Yankees don’t need offense, but they do need another solid starter. Cashman has stated this multiple times in the last month, which is why it is so puzzling that nothing has been done to make sure that happens.

The fact that the Yankees are considering offering Bartolo Colon anything other than a thank you for your services letter is very off-putting and confusing.

It makes me think that the Yankees are not sold on going after one of the free agent pitchers on the market this off-season.

Also, Cashman might need an ALDS reality check because the pitching didn’t get the Yankees eliminated, the hitting did. In the past, that would be deemed a problem, not a solution, and again this is worrisome.

The point that I am trying to get across is that piecing together the rotation again is not going to be easy to repeat, but now it sounds like the old gang could all be back for 2012.

The 2012 New York Yankees is déjà vu circa 2011; as the gang is almost all here and Yankee fans have every right to be anxious if this is the case.

Fast-forward to this upcoming February and I foresee Cashman hanging up a welcoming banner that reads, The Gang’s All Here in the player’s locker-room.

Yikes!!!

“It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.” - Publilius Syrus 

8 Comments

  1. Richard Griffith says:

    Although your Title is redundant your article is right on the mark. Our maligned pitching was fine but our All-Star lineup choked. I would not automatically assume that our lineup is set, since the winter meetings of 5-8 Dec is around the corner. In fact, we went after Lee in mid Dec last year and:

    CC – Dec 18
    Tex- late Dec
    Grandy trade- Dec 9
    R. Martin – mid Dec

    So you see, the fun has yet to begin. Maybe.

  2. d-mets says:

    This article is dead on…..I do not think the Yankees are going to do much and honestly, that is not good for baseball. When the Yankees are involved things get fun; and that is just a fact!

    One thing is I do not think there is as much need to worry about the 2012 Yankees, as you have lots of talent in the farm system and I think it is honorable that Cashman is sticking with these young guys. It seem to payoff in the mid-90's so my guess is the Yankees will continue to be dominate for the next decade.

    Well written article……to the point and doesn't drag on!!!

    • Richard Griffith says:

      Cashman has already stated he's looking to beef up the starting pitching so he apparently does not share your optimism. You can never have enough starting pitching. The trades will heat up starting at the winter meetings, so we'll see.

      • LLP says:

        Actually Richard….I will bet that Cashman is not going to trade for any pitcher that is going to solve the Yankees rotations issues. The Yankees are going to over-pay or over-trade if either gets done….I personally think paying is the better way to go.

        Also, at this time last year Cashman had already made two trips to Arkansas and the Yankees did not hide the reason why, so I am not getting my hopes up.

    • LLP says:

      Thanks d-mets…..let's hope some of the prospects in the Yankees farm system turn out to be like deja vu circa 1996.

  3. ERNIE says:

    QUITE FRANKLY!! THE 2011 YANKEES PISSED ME OFF BY CHOKING OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS "AGAIN" I WOULD HAVE ALL POSITIONS UP FOR GRABS, NOT INCLUDING BRETT,CURTIS,ROBNSON C., LET POSADA GO PERIOD. CONCENTRATE ON PURE HITTERS..TREAT COLON BETTER, LET BURNETT GO PERIOD. LOOK FOR PITCHING NATURALLY. THE SAME O SAME O WOULD NOT HAPPEN "AGAIN". PURE HITTERS WOULD CURE THIS TEAM. STOP MESSING UP, WITH OLD MEAT, WHEN THERE IS SERLOIN ALL AROUND YOU. I'M NOT A YANKEE FAN ANYMORE TILL THE HOUSE IS CLEANED. I'M GONNA CHEER FOR THE METS IN 2012. NO KIDDING. THE COACH, HE HAD BETTER GHHOOHA2..

    • LLP says:

      Well, Ernie you sound pretty angry at the Yankees but you are talking nonsense.

      Go be a METS fan and see how much you like it…..

  4. Tommy Henrich says:

    I do enjoy your column