(Just a quick aside here. I went back to my room at 11:15 last night to drop my laptop off. My room key didn’t work for some reason, so I had to go back to the front desk and get a new one. I timed it, the round trip took 26 minutes. Granted, I’m no Olympic sprinter. But 26 minutes?)
For the Yankees, today will be a day of deciding if there is any business that can get done here beyond landing Jonathan Albaladejo.
Dan Haren? Forget it. If the Yankees were hesitant about trading Phil Hughes for Johan Santana, he’s not going for Haren.
Erik Bedard? Forget it. If Baltimore trades him within the division, it would be to Toronto. Peter Angelos won’t help the Yankees.
Mr. X of Parts Unknown? There’s not another ace on the market at the moment. Jake Peavy is staying with the Padres, having agreed to an extension. Anybody else is just fantasy.
Baseball is so flush with money that Kansas City is spending and Tampa Bay wants to build a new stadium. The Yankees can’t just throw dollars at their problems like the old days. That is part of the reason Brian Cashman wants to keep the kids. The best way to get a good player in the current economic climate is to draft him.
Cashman doesn’t say much these days, but he doesn’t lie. He said the Yankees are looking at small deals to tweak the roster.
The post-1996 Yankee fans don’t want to hear that. They want money spent and stars assembled. Not this time. Joe Girardi is a manager who develops players. The Yankees have used their money to dominate the draft and international market in recent seasons. They have a ton of good, young players. They expectation is enough them will turn into stars to be the core of a contending team for years to come.
Derek Jeter didn’t float down from hardball heaven one day. He was a kid in the minors, just like Carmen Angelini will be next season. Andy Pettitte was once Phil Hughes, a big guy with nerve who nearly got traded. There was once a quiet center fielder who lacked power named Bernie Williams who became an All-Star. Maybe that’s Melky Cabrera.
It’s Dec. 5. If last year taught us anything, it’s not to evaluate the team until sometime in July.