Signs of the Yankees apocalypse

It’s December 2012 and according to some, the world may be coming to an end soon. (I don’t believe in any of that hooey but bare with me for a moment.) And the signs of the acopalypse are as follows:

  • wars on a global scale
  • famine
  • pestilence (sickness and disease)
  • lawlessness (crime)
  • people having no love for one another
  • earthquakes
  • Brian Cashman saying, “Beggars can’t be choosers.” in regards to the Yankees’ free agent choices.

This conservative, budget-conscious front office is no fun. I miss the carefree days of old – you know, the previous 100 years of Yankee history. The Yankees are beggars? With a $189M budget for 2014? STOP THE INSANITY.

Some more items from the Winter Meetings:

  • The Yankees have spoken to representatives for Kevin Youkilis and A.J. Pierzynski; and Ichiro Suzuki, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez though no deals are imminent, at least not at the moment.
  • Cashman is still telling people that the Yankees’ catcher for 2013 could still come from within – meaning it could be Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart or Austin Romine.
  • Joe Girardi spoke to the media and wasn’t able to say much about anything pertaining to the 2013 roster because it’s still up in the air but he did say, “Our vision and our goal is to win the World Series every year.”

And just as I was about to press “Publish” a Ken Rosenthal tweet flashed across my laptop screen:

Source: #Phillies#Mets#Yankees remain in mix for Scott Hairston.

I guess the Yankees will still be in the mix for a lot of guys like Hairston.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

11 thoughts on “Signs of the Yankees apocalypse

  1. williamjtasker

    I feel like a Roman looking at the city after the Visigoths…

    • Player for GCL YANKS

      Lol….. I hear the Yankees are nearing an agreement with Jeff keppinger for 3 years 12 million (4m per). Yes this is true and yes it's a multiuser deal that the yankees supposedly weren't giving out this off season…. Wel they did.

      • Player for GCL YANKS

        whoops *multiyear deal…. Damn autocorrect!

  2. brian

    Most Yankees fans strongly dislike the people who currently run the Yankees… this is always an issue, a fish stinks from the head….

    There's no one defining issue… the stadium being financed with taxpayer money hurt, pricing out many of those same fans hurt, forcing jeter into free agency against his will then attempting to make him the bad guy when the deal didn't get done right away, it all hurt… it all contributed to the disdain that fans feel towards Hal, Hank, and Randy Levine

    I'm still a yankees fan, this is still my team, but that doesn't mean I have to like, respect, or give my money to the people who own it. And neither do you!!

  3. brian

    Somebody made a great point on a message board that I can't believe I forgot about and hasn't gotten more pub…

    Remember when George wanted to hand the team down to Steve Swindal but he got pushed out after his marriage to the daughter failed??? Hmmmm, I wonder why…

    Is it because George loved his boys but he knew deep down that between Hank's overwhelming incompetence and Hal's aversion to baseball or his fan base or anything other than money, maybe they weren't equipped to take the team

    • Bill

      Excellent point. A lot of what's going on right now is directly related to the absolute idiocy of Hank Steinbrenner (and no one can convince me that George wasn't egging him on) bidding against himself to bring back a player who was begging to come back anyway. Alex Rodriguez could have been had for a five year deal for $100 million (give or take a year and a few million in either direction), which would have expired this year. Got to believe that things would be radically different if A-Rod had been signed to a deal like that. Even more so if he had been allowed to walk altogether.

  4. So very depressing. All to save a few extra million (sprinkles on the FOX Network deal cake)

  5. GLJunior

    They're "beggars" despite the $189 million payroll, because nearly all of that is committed, much of it to players well much less than they're receiving.

  6. Bill

    This is going to be the Yankee way until the luxury tax threshhold is achieved or until the team is sold. They will probably still be competitive, but not dominant. The days of free agency gluttony are over. These next couple of years will tell us pretty definitvely the abilities of Messrs. Cashman and Girardi.

  7. jay_robertson

    Not even the Twinkies would come out and say "Beggars can't be choosers."

    He REALLY said that?

    I'm expecting to see Cash and the Boys at a local online auction today – a hometown "entrepreneur" here just swindled investors out of $220 million dollars. (He has been convicted, and is in jail – not libeling anyone) You wouldn't believe what's on the auction listing.

    There are tons of things they'd like to buy – and with the money they're saving – they should clean up.

  8. Professor Longnose

    Good thing I’m not a sleazy grammar Nazi, or I’d point out that there are probably a bunch of guys around here who would love to bare with you.

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