Brian Cashman is optimistic that the Yankees can be in the 2015 playoff mix.
Mind you, this is better than being hopeful. Any clod can have hope. He's optimistic, which means not pessimistic. Which is good. He's optimistic that the Yankees can be in the playoff mix. That beats saying they could be in the playoff mix - because Colorado could be. Also, the phrase playoff mix rouses the billiards, eh? Last year, the team finished six games above .500. (Winning three of the final four, establishing momentum for 2015.) With the new extra wild card, practically everybody but Joan Rivers was in the playoff mix. And now, Cash is gushing with expectations.
"If we make a couple of moves like we did in-season, if we can run into a few things that have a chance to make us better, I think we can get right back in the playoff mix," Cashman said.
I hope we don't explode with overconfidence. But it's reassuring to hear that a) we don't intend to sign any top free agents, b) we'll continue to ignore incoming Cuban players, and c) our farm system is still anemic at the top levels... but we'll hopefully snag another Chris Capuano in July! We can get right back in the playoff mix.