Thursday, October 6, 2016
Posted by el duque at 7:20 AM
And yet... our biggest fear might be that Hal Steinbrenner decides to stage another intervention: That is, he three big names to a set of straightjacket contracts, which will choke the youth movement in its infancy and destroy whatever long-term hopes were starting to graze in our heads. The Yankees could sign Encarnacion to a seven-year deal, keeping him from Boston (who might simply sign Bautista.)
Where will we be?
Well, the Yankees have two young 1B - Greg Bird and Tyler Austin. If Encarnacion comes aboard - so long, youth movement. If he doesn't, we could be ceding the AL East to Boston for three to five years.
The Yankees' crossroads didn't end with the August 1 housecleaning. They remain stuck at the intersection. Frankly, I dunno which way to turn. But Encarnacion looks like the biggest impact free agent on the market, and he might be the death of us.