Yankees won’t sniff the playoffs for awhile

Detroit’s sweep of the Yankees is no aberration but a sign of things to come.

The Bombers are old, their farm system is thin. The free agent market is sparse, and the few stars available (Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton) are bad fits for New York. Brian Cashman would be wise to sign Michael Bourn, but he alone won’t alter their fortunes.

Maybe they can coax Lee Gutterman and Kevin Maas out of retirement. And Joe Girardi better watch his back — I hear Stump Merrill is available.

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14 Comments on Yankees won’t sniff the playoffs for awhile

  1. rankin' rob // October 19, 2012 at 9:38 am //

    What a crappy fan base. Can’t sell out a playoff game, can’t hit in October. My only complaint about the Yankees post-season is that they did not break enough ankles.

  2. PepeFreeUs // October 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm //

    The lack of ticket sales and their crowd, which I always felt was a significant contributor to their success over the last 15-20 years, turning on them with stunning swiftness…those have both been truly sweet.

  3. Sharon Egan // October 20, 2012 at 9:51 am //

    Much as I revel in the dumptruck-load of karma dumped on the Yankees this year, I could just as easily see Baltimore turn into a one-year bunch of overachievers and the Rays fade due to lack of hitting, leaving New York with an easy path in the East.

  4. I am very wary of what Sharon said. Especially the Orioles…they were being outscored by their opponents for most of the year, and just did get into the black at the end of the season.

  5. Didn’t the O’s best pitcher miss most of the season with injuries? I think Showalter knows what he is doing and they’ll have another strong year in 2013. Tampa, not so much. Boston is a train wreck in a burning landfill. I don’t know anything about Toronto – did they have a team this season? New York will still be in the hunt.

  6. I don’t know. They have too many good players, a lot of money, a weak division, and now there are two wild card spots.

  7. rankin' rob // October 21, 2012 at 11:18 am //

    Schadenfreude is about right now, not next year. Twist in the wind, Yankee nation.

  8. Strange to hear the AL East referred to as a “weak” division, through it is true these days.

  9. AL East had three teams with 90 wins (Tigers were 88-74 this year)

    How exactly is that weak?

  10. (average wins per division)

    AL West 87.5
    AL East 84
    NL East 83.2
    NL West 80.2
    NL Central 77.2
    AL Central 75.8

  11. The Rays have several of their best players coming up for arbitration this winter, so I don’t think they’re going to be better in 2013. The Orioles were riding McLouth into the post season, which doesn’t seem like a good long-term formula.

  12. As of now, the Rays would have to be the clear faves. Their pitching is easily the division’s best and they should have Longoria for the full season. They did well to win 90 games this season without him.

  13. Yes, if they can keep the core of their team intact. Arbitration is going to increase payroll from about $65M to something like $95M, and they were already over budget in 2012. Also, weren’t they last in the majors in attendance?

  14. pepefreeus // October 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm //

    Posnanski takes a similar view: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/39913534/

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