The Yankees are dumb and in recent off seasons they have been holding back on spending on big free agents.
Big market teams cannot use small market policies and succeed. The Yankees have been trying it and the organization is a mess. Stop.
Look at the Dodgers, Cubs and Red Sox. All three have been spending. What else should the Steinbrenner Kids do with the billions of dollars they received by selling controlling interest in the YES Network? Supposedly that was done to save money on estate taxes. Rich people stuff. More in a future post.
Always add pitching. That's been one of my sayings for many years. And by pitching, I mean starting pitching. Add a significant starter every off season. The Yankees haven't done that for three years when they signed Masahiro Tanaka.
In the last two years the Yankees could and should have signed Max Scherzer and David Price.
Mr. Scherzer Goes to Washington. Steinbrenner KIds must sell the Yankees. Monday, January 19, 2015
Max Scherzer has agreed to a seven year $210 million deal with the Washington Nationals, which might be spread out over 14 years...
If the Yankees don't sign Max Scherzer, the Steinbrenner Kids should sell the team. Thursday, December 11, 2014
Max Scherzer is pretty much all that's left for the Yankees to add any meaningful player for next season.
Hal Steinbrenner, what will you do with the $217 million you are NOT paying David Price? Friday, December 4, 2015
Alternate title: What's more likely to have George Steinbrenner turning over in his grave: paying David Price $217 million or letting the Red Sox do it? I regard this as a rhetorical question.
Why Yanks need David Price more than the Red Sox do: Babe Ruth. 12/2/15
Pittsburgh Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner thinks small. 12/2/15
George gave up control in 2007 and died in July 2010. Since his death the Yankees have signed these big free agents:
Yankee signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran were mistakes I opposed. Wednesday, October 7, 2015
In addition to signing them between the 2013 and 2014 seasons the Yankees later signed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, which on its own made sense. One of my mottoes: always add pitching. Tanaka put the Yankees over the team salary cap of $189 million but only because the Yankees had already just made the three previous mistakes. All this followed 2-3 years of limited acquisitions to finally get the team under the cap after many years of being over. Had the Yankees done that, they would have saved about $100 million that could then be applied to future free agents, while still staying under the cap.
And what about big boppers?
Yankee GM Brian Cashman acquired Giambi, Rodriguez, Sheffield, Matsui, Teixeira, Granderson, Ellsbury, Beltran. Now what? Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Has Brian Cashman run out of bullets?
Hal Steinbrenner to Brian Cashman: bring me Mike Trout or your resignation. Thursday, May 12, 2016
Ah, if only Steinbrenner Kid Hal had the balls ...
Yankee fans, demand Mike Trout. Saturday, May 14, 2016
The Angels can reasonably trade Mike Trout for young prospects because Trout is the best baseball player on the planet...
You might say that Trout isn't doing his current team much good and you're correct. However, the Yankees can buy starting pitchers and other big boppers to surround Trout with a supporting cast. Continuing their small market policy is not only doomed to failure but to boredom.
1. Get Mike Trout. There is a small window of opportunity that may not happen again for years. The Yankees need to be bold and aggressive. Make a deal with the Angels for Mike Trout. Make them an offer they can't refuse.
2. Make it club policy to once again be very bold and aggressive every off season. Start to throw that Yankee weight around. Stop trying to play nice and be one of the boys.
Get the best player and supplement with starting pitchers and big boppers.