I’m flying down to Tampa in exactly five weeks. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report in 37 days. In other words, there’s not much time left. Not much time for the Yankees to add some bench options, add depth to their starting rotation and open spring training satisfied with what they have.
After a conservative two and half months, is it time for the team to get aggressive? Is it time for free agents to lower their expectations? Is it time for opponents to become more reasonable with their trade demands?
A source speaking to Marc Carig phrased it this way: “January brings shifts.”
Those shifts can come from all directions, and they can lead to some sort of new middle ground.
So far, the Yankees have stayed the course set by Brian Cashman immediately after CC Sabathia signed his extension. Cashman promised a conservative approach, and he’s delivered exactly that. He’s stayed patient, leaning on the fact the Yankees have few glaring needs, while not getting aggressive when presented a handful of potential upgrades.
Things can shift in January. If they’re going to shift for the Yankees, it’s going to have to happen soon, because there’s not much time left.