News has broken that the Yankees are having behind-the-scenes issues about how to proceed with the current club. An anonymous source told ESPN that General Manager Brian Cashman and others on the baseball operations side believe the team should sell at the deadline and plan for the future. However, Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine plus others on the business side of the team believe that the club is still in contention. Consequently, there is much confusion about the direction of the 2016 club and beyond.
First off, Hal Steinbrenner despite being Big George’s son has shown that his expertise in the field of general management has been poor at best. He is not a baseball mind plain and simple. He has plenty of employees to make these decisions for him and in this case, I lean with Brian Cashman over Randy Levine.
Redesign. Rebuild. Reclaim. The Yankees need to take a lesson from WWE Superstar Seth Rollins and rebuild. The Yankees have not truly been a championship threat for more than five years now but the team has shown that they would rather tread water and try to remain mildly competitive rather than stripping down the team and starting over.
So many other MLB squads from the Royals to the Astros and the crosstown rival Mets have sold their assets and cultivated a strong farm system that shows a positive return on investment in just a few years. Yes, those few years are ugly and painful but if the Yankees haven’t won since 2009 anyway, what have they really missed out on?
I have not always agreed with Brian Cashman but in this case I will quote another former WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan and shout YES! YES! YES! to the idea of rebuilding.
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Bryan Revello is the Editor in Chief for New York Sportscene. A New York Yankees analyst and enthusiast, he can be heard talking about the New York Yankees on the Spadora on Sports radio program. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.