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.”
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.
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