Could the Yankees become the Red Sox?

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

34 thoughts on “Could the Yankees become the Red Sox?

  1. I would hope that the Yanks don't feel obligated to sign Rivera (though they probably will) at ~$15MM. This season is a lesson on how a closer not named Rivera won't really derail a team. Rivera is a great relative to other closers, but the closer posiiton is not one that usually impacts a season.

  2. Jay Caspian King or something like that had a good article about this on grantland that i am currently too lazy to look up and link to, but…

    one of the more nauseating 'turns' of 21st century fandom is this idea that now every fan gets hung up in player contracts and wants to be an armchair GM… its annoying even in a sport with a salary cap… its a sport where the only 'caps' are self imposed ones… its just pathetic..

    However, I'm sure Hal Steinbrenner is happy to know that so many fans are ok with, and even applaud his cost cutting ways so that he can stuff even more money into his and his families pockets while continuing to charge fans out the wazoo.. u actually feel crappy drinking a beer at the stadium its so expensive

  3. Is it possible they’ll have to blow up the roster… certainly. Is it also possible that due to a string of bad performances that the Steinbrenners reconsider their self-imposed cap? There are a lot of possibilities out there, depending on how things go.

  4. I wondering how long this "hard cap" will stick around if the Yankees start losing, or at least not playing for the WS every year. It certainly doesn't seem to jibe with the "If we don't win the title we stink" mentality the team has. Will the Steinbrenner brothers be willing to endure the crap storm that will most certainly ensue from the fans if they insist on sticking to the cap if the team begins to falter? Somehow I doubt it.

  5. The Yankees have also been fortunate enough to sign players that know what is expected of them and play as a team. Boston just didn't seem to have that over the last 2 yrs.

  6. I am tired of hearing how smart the Red Sox are. If they are so damn smart how come they are not in first place? I am also tired of this blubbering from Yankee fans worrying about what Boston will do. F*** Them! They need to prove themselves before the Yankees need to worry. After all the Yankees are in first, again. They are going to the playoffs, again. And the Red Sox will be sitting at home sucking their thumbs come October. Give me a reason to worry about the Boston Red Sox and then I will start. And even then I will not care.

  7. Brien, my only apprehension here is to categorize ANYONE beyond Sabathia as "established". Pineda will be one year removed from starting a big league game so he's a crap shoot. Nova is now on the DL with a cuff injury. Pettitte will begin his annual Brett Favre tribute any minute now. That leaves us largely in dry dock for a protracted period of time.

    I've beat the horse to death here about how dealing Austin Jackson and Jesus Montero was a bad idea but forgetting their talent — their replacements cost the Yankees about $12 milllion this year alone. That adds up. Luckily the farm system isn't as bleak as it once was but those of us who remember the 1980s know that 1996 didn't happen overnight. And had it not been for the "lean" years there never would have been starting players like Williams, Posada, Jeter, Pettitte, Rivera, Soriano, Cano, etc.

    Eventually you have to rebuild. It becomes more cataclysmic when you choose not to do it one piece at a time which is the cost of dealing a Jackson, a Montero or any of their successors. Then you have no choice but to blow up the roster. My wife and I often say to the kids, "you get what you get and you don't get upset." We need to integrate some young talent and see what we have or else we're done for at least 8-12 years.