Thursday, August 4, 2016
WHOOSH! THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS ARE A BLUR
I sat down in the conference room for a late morning meeting and began settling into my large cushioned seat when I locked eyes with a Yankee fan across the table. "How are you doing?" said the voice. "I'm OK," I said. But I really wasn't. It was a hard couple of days and it is not something I am used to when it comes to the Yankees.
We did the right thing. We moved players. Andrew Miller's gone. Chapman. Beltran... Gone. Nova. Gone.
We began to rebuild for our future with a deep farm system that will pay large dividends. I get all of that. I am on board. But, at the end of the day, I am in a daze. I'm not used to being out of the thick of things the first week of August. I'm used to being in the hunt. And watching the Yankees right now is challenging. Even when it's a Subway Series. In the scheme of things, it doesn't matter. 2016 doesn't matter. But it will go down as a memorable year because of the seeds that have been planted down on the farm.
"For once, the Yankees might end up paying players for what they will do, not what they had accomplished for previous organizations. It represents a sea change in their thinking, prompted in no small part by the changing economics of a game they once dominated simply by throwing their wallets on the table," reports ESPN following the trades and shifts made by the Bombers.
Seeds of change in the Bronx and some of the young guys may make their way onto the roster as sooner rather than later. "Over the past four days, the Yankees have added outfielder Ben Gamel and brought pitcher Luis Severino from their Triple-A affiliate in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and catcher Gary Sanchez, the top-rated hitting prospect in their farm system, is expected to join the team Wednesday," reports ESPN. All that happened, except Gamel went back down when Sanchez came up. Again though... change.
Despite trying to remain optimistic, I still have this fuzzy disposition with regards to the trades and the emotion of giving up 2016 for better days in the future. Better days seem so far away as the dog days of summer approach with the notion that the Yankees will go quietly come the end of September giving other teams, like the Cubs, Texas and even the Indians the ability to make their mark in 2016.
--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
BYB Hot Stove Columnist