The Yankees season ended three days ago. Today, Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman will give what amounts to a State of the Yankees press conference at Yankee Stadium. The manager will answer questions at noon, the general manager at 12:30.
There’s plenty to discuss.
Girardi just finished the final year of his contract. Cashman has said publicly that he wants Girardi back, but the Yankees manager faced intense scrutiny through the final month of the regular season and into the playoffs. His team struggled down the stretch, played very well in the division series, and could hardly have played worse in the ALCS.
Cashman faces a winter in which three cornerstone players are eligible for free agency. Last winter’s moves did not work, and now he’s facing not only the free agency of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, plus the looming temptation of Cliff Lee and possibly Carl Crawford. Pitching seems to be an obvious area of need, but Cashman might first work to re-sign Girardi.
I have no idea how much Girardi or Cashman will be willing to talk about the future, but those will be the most interesting questions. The past is the past. Talking about it won’t change it. More important now are the days ahead.