Thursday, December 10, 2015


I read a thought-provoking post by Jason Keidel of CBS New York today that got me reaching back into my Yankee archive to remember a day when business was conducted much differently in the Bronx.  An interesting slant to this read, "They Are Definitely No Longer Your Older Brother’s Yankees", is that my 18-year-old college freshman sent me the link to the Keidel opinion piece in a text today on my way from Washington D.C for work.

The build up to the text message from my son was his excitement over the recent Starlin Castro acquisition.  Myself, like Keidel, was not all that impressed.  "Instead of CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, or Mark Teixeira, the Yanks now covet Starlin Castro. Nothing against Castro, who is a fine player, but Tuesday’s trade was more about the new world order than it was the old one."  It is not business as usual in Yankeeland.  Our way of working is very different than it was back in what Keidel deems, "King George" days.  I don't want to give up the bank for these long term deals.  But I also don't want good pitching to go to our division rivals.  Boss George would never go for that.  "If King George were still around, you can bet your bottom dollar he would have spent his bottom dollar on David Price, who signed with the Red Sox. Now, the Yanks bristle at the $217 million sticker price. Ten years ago, the Yanks had a different corporate coda of spend now, fret later. Once Price became old they would just buy a new pitcher, and hang onto the lanky lefty like a used car buried in their baseball garage."

"Think of the Yankees’ new approach as a fantasy football tactic. They are now doing the equivalent of watching the waiver wire to see whom they can pluck from the discards of a doomed team."  This is our new business plan and honestly, it is scary.

So what does this all mean?  It means that the only way we are going to pick up Jose Fernandez is if we can come up with a fair market value trade.  And we are not to going to sign a multi-year contract either unless the spirit of George enters the boardroom.

As I stated the other day in our post WINTER MEETINGS, BAH HUMBUG, "As I decorate our Christmas tree for the holidays and carefully place each World Series ornament on the tree, I become nostalgic about the teams that made us proud. It's not easy to get to the top of the baseball tree, but we have done it 27 times, always hoping for #28. So although dynasties are not common place today, there will always be a big battle for the ultimate trophy and there will always be Winter Meetings to keep us hopeful for things to come."

Thanks, Jason Keidel for keeping it real. Great post!

We are big fans of Keidel here at Bleeding Yankee Blue.  You should be too.

--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
BYB Hot Stove Columnist
Twitter: @suzieprof

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