Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Yankee fans are expecting a different result, but for some reason, reject the new strategy.
The Yankees haven’t been to the World Series since their last victory in 2009, and since then, they have dealt with unproductive back-ends of massive contracts. This is not to say the Yankees have not found success since 2009, because they have. Between 2009 and 2019, the Yankees have had the most regular-season wins and tied for the most playoff appearances in all of Major League Baseball. In addition, Aaron Boone is the first-ever manager to reach 100+ wins in each of his first two seasons. This level of consistency is nothing short of admirable.
The elephant remains in the room: there has been no World Series win since 2009. Want some crazy stats? Between 2010 and 2021 there have been 24 participants in the World Series. Only three of them had a payroll higher than the Yankees. Even crazier, the Yankees rank first or second in payroll during that time almost every year during that time, and World Series participants have ranked 28th (Rays), 27th (Rangers), 23rd (Indians), 20th (Mets), 17th and 18th (Royals, both years). The three-time winning Giants highest payroll has only been ranked 6th.
During the 2022 off-season, Brian Cashman sent Yankee fans a message: We can get to the World Series without spending obnoxiously.
What we have to keep in mind is that the Yankees are already paying massive contracts to Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton, and might be adding Aaron Judge to that collection. Of course, the Yankees could not give Corey Seager the contract given to him by the Rangers.
The only head-scratching free agent is Carlos Correa. His deal with the Twins could not be more perfect for the Yankees’ situation. But given how even the Astros did not even top the Twins’ offer, there is something fishy going on with that deal.
As a result, the Yankees have found productive upgrades without breaking the bank. The Yankees got better, but they did not get a world-changing better. Honestly, they might not even need to. The Yankees added a lefty bat, better defensive left side of the infield, a lot of speed, and a better hitting 3rd baseman who brings an attitude that has been missing.
The Rays did absolutely nothing; the Red Sox only added Story but lose the production of Schwarber; The Blue Jays made the most moves but lost their two most productive players, and the Orioles exist. I know people do not want to hear this, but the Yankees appear to be in good shape as far as the AL East is concerned.
Above all, the Yankees are gambling on Joey Gallo to hit like he did in Texas, and Gleyber Torres to revert to his old self by returning to second base. In my opinion, these are the key Yankees to watch. We know what to expect from everybody else.
To steal a quote from @cdixon25 on Twitter: ”It ain’t over till it’s over, and it hasn’t even begun.”
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