Saturday, August 2, 2014
Posted by Alphonso at 10:05 AM
Duque says, "we dodged a bullet," when Cliff Lee turned up lame. I disagree.
We tried to make that deal with the same enthusiasm and foresight the Yankees exhibited in using a top draft pick on Andy Brackman, knowing he was headed for career ending surgery. We tried to sign Cliff Lee utilizing the same planning and keen insight it took Brian Cashman to use a top draft pick on that pitcher whose family told us, in advance of the major league draft, that their son would first attend UCLA, before signing a MLB contract with anyone.
The sad truth is; we had no "prospect" package that the Phillies would take for an expensive and damaged 35+ pitcher, who has no remaining ability to play this game at the major league level. You would think they would take Zealous Wheeler, Cito Culver, Eric Almonte, Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin, Austine Romine and Pat Venditte along with cash, bonds, or cereal coupons to rid themselves of the Cliff Lee debacle.
But they would rather have nothing from the Yankees. They would rather eat his contract, and hold an empty bag for the next several seasons, than have any group of "prospects" from the Yankees' minor league system. Every team has seen that the Yankees simply don't have any talent in the minor leagues. The Phillies are already in that box. Why nail it shut with "Yankee prospects?"
Last night it was clearly demonstrated that this Cashman-conceived, Yankee team can't beat a Boston team that has unloaded all of its aging, costly, dirty laundry, and is testing some of their young talent. Boston is not waiting for kids who will get a September call-up and watch the game from the dugout, as happens with Yankee "prospects." The Red Sox are using prospects now who will start, and regularly play at the major league level. To, heaven forbid, learn something about them for the future.
Mr. Cashman does not believe in this tactic. He won't even let Almonte play regularly. He yo-yo's him and, as a result, the kid never can find himself. So, at the trading deadline, Brian brings in a 30 year-old utility guy named Prado, who will be played out of position in the outfield ( as opposed to Almonte who is an outfielder). What message does this send to Yankee prospects? How does adding another .220 hitter, with no power, help anything?
Brian apparently doesn't get it that the mediocre players he just acquired are from the same mold as the mediocre players he has just jettisoned, only a bit younger. The result will be the same; pack your bags and go home on October 2.
In the meantime, in Cashman's obsessed pursuit of his still-born and illogical dream to earn the one-game play-in, thereby salvaging the season, the Yankees will ruin Tanaka, Bettances, Warren, and Kuroda on the way. This team is already boring and predictable. Cashman is simply extending the torture. If Derek wasn't on his retirement tour, no one would come to the stadium.
We are descending into a hell, fans, that most of you have never experienced. It has happened before. I have lived it, El Duque has lived it and so have many others on this blog. And it just sucks.
I speak of a hell where the Yankees simply cannot compete, no matter how hard they try. A hell where baseball legends are built from laughable baseball antics. A hell Where Horace Clark becomes famous, and Yankee games become the butt-fumble of jokes. A hell where rivals don't exist, and even our historic nemesis feels sorry for our futility. A hell where even a Don Mattingly is wasted.
The hard truth is: Cashman has ruined the franchise, and it is far too late to recover. Based upon what I see from our, "prospect talent pool," I feel that the hell of our future will endure at least 10 years ( the word " forever" looms as long as Cashman is in charge). Does anyone really believe that there is a Derek, Bernie, Pettitte, Mariano, Jorge, Cano or even a Gardener in pinstripes somewhere? Is there a single name about whom we should legitimately be excited?
Can't everyone see what actions Yankees must take?
It is time for a complete do-over. It is time to change everything from top to bottom. To throw out all the people, ideas, and structure that have brought us to this point. It is time to re-start the franchise with fresh ideas and energetic, innovated individuals who are not cemented into a formula that no longer works. A formula that hasn't worked for years: the A-Rod contract type of thinking; the signing of Ichiro kind of thinking; the 3 years for Beltran kind of thinking; the trade for Pineda kind of thinking; the pathetic draft selections kind of thinking. That all has to go.
If all we do is "tinker," we are damned. And all Cashman has done for years, is "tinker." The Yankees, under Cashman's leadership is now a proud franchise slipping into embarrassment and ridicule.
The NFL can be seen on TV this Sunday. An organized scrimmage is better than watching the Yankees descend into hell.