Let’s face it: these aren’t your parents Yankees. These aren’t your grandparents Yankees. And they’re certainty not your great-grandparents Yankees.
The current Yankees are in fourth place in the American League East and they have pieces that other teams would like, such as Aroldis Chapman or Carlos Beltran. The Yankees are adamant that they are buyers with the trade deadline approaching and that they’re a championship caliber team.
But the truth of the matter is they’re not. The team has far too many holes and they’re only hurting themselves the longer they pretend they’re legit contenders this year.
Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda are reenacting the ‘A.J. Burnett Dr. Jekyll & My. Hyde’ act of 2011, Mark Teixeira is more fragile than a China doll, Alex Rodriguez almost has no use to the team since he’s not hitting and he can’t field, and the entire bullpen aside from “No Runs DMC” is a gigantic question mark.
Yet the front office still doesn’t believe that the Yankees are sellers. And despite the Yankees having an under.500 record, no one should dare question the Yankees front office.
“I don’t pay any attention to any of that. That’s for you guys [with] nothing more important to write about than to write nonsense.” Yankees president Randy Levine said to the media. “When we decide to become sellers, if we decide to become sellers or if we decide to become buyers, you’ll know.
“The difference is that most of you guys have never run anything, and we have a lot of history here of knowing what we’re doing.”
The truth of the matter is, the Yankees front office has no idea how to approach this. The Yankees have never been a team to sell, not even in the days of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. But times have changed, and it’s time for the team to realize that they’re not a good team and it’s time to gain pieces for the organization by trading away some of their best assets.
In the past the Yankees had players such as Robinson Cano and David Robertson who had significant trade value in the final year of their contracts, but the Yankees never traded them. Both players eventually found new homes with the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox, and the Yankees didn’t get better.
It’s also worth mentioning when the Yankees and the Mets had games in New York City last week, the Mets were able to fill up Citi Field while the Yankees found their stadium empty, including the luxury seats.
Randy Levine wants Yankees fans to believe that what they’re seeing is a mirage and the team is actually better than how they’ve played. But Yankees fans aren’t stupid; the season is no longer young, and the Yankees really are a struggling .500 team.
I hate to break it to you, but it’s time to get rid of some pieces, Mr. Levine. This ball club just isn’t good enough.