“We’re just not playing up to the best of our abilities, that’s all,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “It’s a collection of stuff like that. You can talk about it all you want, but it’s not about where we were, it’s where we’re going to be. We intend to win the American League East.”
“This stuff happens,” Cashman said. “It’s not easy when you’re going through it, but we’re better than the way we’re playing recently. We look forward to proving that out. I’m not embarrassed that we’re in a pennant race because there’s a lot of good teams here. We expected to be in one all year. I’m a little more surprised, to be honest, that we pulled 10 games up for a period of time.”
The season is not over and the Yankees scheduled over the final two weeks is littered with teams playing under .500 so if they can just make it until then with their heads above water than winning the division is still very much possible. However, this stuff didn’t have to happen. At least not like this.
The Yankees could have addressed some of their issues at the trade deadline. They could have traded for a real Brett Gardner replacement instead of a nearly 40-year-old Ichiro Suzuki. Gotten a catcher who can actually hit. Or even a reliever or two instead of relying on Joba Chamberlain, a guy coming off two major injuries, to be the savior. They might have been able to do this, but because the Yankees care more about saving money than winning these days Cashman has to hang-on to his prospects for dear life so he can cut payroll to $189 million by 2014 (or almost $20 million less than it was seven years ago before ticket prices were quadrupled).
More and more it feels like the Yankees just traded in their Mercedes for a Ford and expect us to believe it’s the same thing.