I distinctly seem to remember having this very same argument four years ago over a little known player named Roy Halladay.
Evidently "The Ninja" was hoarding Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda instead.
But I digress.....
In Cashman We Trust :flag:
I'm actually impressed that we've assembled a quality team with all one year deals (plus Itchy- who is easily tradeable) while getting a few draft picks.
Everyone has been clamoring to build up the farm......well, we now have three first round picks this year and have not added anymore long term deals.
And how has that worked out for our little baseball wunderkind Brian Cashman?
Not too well.
Not to well indeed precious.
But the blind fealty, plaudits and loyalty will pour forth nonetheless as we stare into the basement, literally, of Cashmans own making.
Personally, I am quite pleased with the offseason. I'd be happier if we stripped the team and traded valuable assets like Granderson and Cano, but I don't see that as a legitimate option simply because the front office won't go there.
Yup..., always hated the idea of just throwing money at the problem. Love to see the kids flourish and rise through the system. Strong drafting, and a strong minor league system (coaching, instruction, etc) is the way to go. Sprinckled with an occasional d.a. signing, while avoiding these ludicrous, stifling contracts. Let some of the kids play. And Cano ? ...., ship might have sailed. You didnt resign him early enough, and you shouldve been looking to trade him.
I thinks we should just close our eyes and open yhrm on opening days and see what the lineupo looks like then.
I fail to see how meddling with Joba Chamberlains long term developmental program while under salary control hasn't been detrimental to this team.
"the ninja" has been directly responsible for those disasters which have been a major part of why we are in the position we are in.
Unless of course you think Montero's bat would not have been beneficial to this current lineup. And we can forget about his mediocre numbers on a crap team in a crap stadium before we decide to endlessly quote the Sabermetrical holy book.
The fact is that we do not know what he would have brought.
What we do know is the current state of this team, and as someone who long suffered in the 80's and kept going and watching I can honestly say that this team has been long overdue for a market correction on pricing and demand and while I certainly feel your assertation that this is a temporary situation is true, there are serious long term deficiencies lurking underneath that are nothing but the endgame result of poor long term franchise vision and a highly questionable executive decision making process that are not going away anytime soon.
Just a small list of the guys that have been endlessly touted over the better part of a decade as being the face of the future for this franchise and by whom so much was invested or denied to protect according to this argument. And yet their end result has been anything but beneficial or even a vindication of the "baseball acumen" of the beloved ninja.
I find it interesting that aside from a lackadaisical, unfocussed, petulant, numbers-hanger, that the Yankee matrices of success under this arguement consist of a guy who pitched brilliantly for the better part of two seasons, went on extended medical vacation for the better part of two seasons and then has labored away in obscurity for the better part of two seasons in a meaningless role with a limited future.