Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Yogian problem with signing Chapman and Beltran...

... is actually quite simple: We would be moving backwards... reliving 2016, a crapola season... it's deja vu all over again.

Today, Joel Sherman calls for the Economical Empire to look past 2017 in its winter moves and do just that: Sign Chapman and Beltran.

... [T]hey need one more year to A) let the prospects grow both in the majors and minors to get a greater understanding of exactly what they need, and B) clear more money... So what does this mean for 2017? I think it means forming as strong a bullpen as possible and finding the best one-year hitter on the market, so think of it as perhaps signing Chapman and Carlos Beltran.

On the first part, relating to the long term future... I'm in. So should be any thinking Yankee fan. These idiots who talk about trading the farm for Chris Sale are either suffering from dementia or they are still in sixth grade, because they certainly have forgotten the 1980s. We have too many intangibles on the 2017 roster - most notably Aaron Judge, the King of Uncertainty - to start bundling prospects for another Jeff Weaver, an arm that has already logged 1,200 MLB innings.

This is about patience. Most players are not Gary Sanchez, stars from the outset. A year from now the Yankees should have a much better idea of what Judge, Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell and Luis Severino can do in the majors. 

Amen. If we're still in the race by July 30, maybe we can peddle some 2017 versions of Ben Gamel and Cito Culver for a retrofitted carburetor. But for now, if we're chasing winter free agents, we need to fortify the bullpen (Chapman?) and seek a one-year slugging fix - gulp - Beltran?

Why do I feel sick? I get the reasoning. Beltran for one year. It makes sense. Still, there is no way to sugarcoat it: This means moving backwards, reliving the mediocre dullness of 2016. To bring back Beltran would hardly generate a positive April buzz. It certainly won't boost ticket sales and those all-important YES ratings, which have been falling for years and may not have yet bottomed out.

Beltran, again? It makes sense. But I'm throwing up in my mouth. Can the Yankees separate the marketing needs of their TV network from the long-term well-being of their team? For years, it was YES money that gave us a competitive advantage. Ever since MLB imposed its massive luxury taxes, the Yankees have become slaves to YES. That horrible contract given to Jacoby Ellsbury: It was all about creating a diversion over the loss of Robbie Cano... and keep eyeballs watching YES.

So... which direction will we take this winter? The future, the past, or some variant of both? Can we move forward and backwards?

2 comments:

Tom said...

I get the logic, but baseball has a way of humbling teams and owners who think they've got the perfect plan. Beltran had a nice season and a half, but he's old and brittle. I predict that if the Yankees sign him for 2017, he'll have a Kevin Youkilis-equivalent second act in Pinstripes. Chapman? Meh. That's like having a Lamborghini in the garage, but with Joey Binders driving this otherwise mediocre team, it won't get pulled out too often except the occasional Sunday afternoon right-lane toodle.

Anonymous said...

I CAN'T PUKE UP THE THOUGHT OF CARLOS BELTRAN COMING BACK TO US THIS MORNING......LET ME TRY AN ENEMA....... HE IS GOING TO GET HURT, ALL FOR THE BARGAIN PRICE OF $13 MILLION FOR ONE YEAR....WATCH....... OH WAIT, HERE IT COMES!..... PUKE! BURP, "SWALLOW".....