What a long way we’ve come since our origins in 2005. We would have paid money for Yankees’ leadership to talk like this back then, now it’s commonplace.
Not only should playoff performance not be taken into consideration when examining trade targets, free agent decisions, and contract negotiations, but neither should nostalgia or history. If a player, no matter how good his Yankee career may have been, no longer fits the goals of the team, then he should be let go.
In our opinion, the #1 goal of the 2009 offseason should be for the Yankees to get younger. I’m not sure if we truly appreciate how fortunate the Yankees were to be relatively injury- and decline-free in the 2009 season, despite having 5 of their regular hitters age 34 and above. You even had AJ Burnett throw 200 innings and Andy Pettitte be above league-average at the tender age of 37. Talk about best case scenario.
Point is that the front office shouldn’t bank on all this happening again, and should take steps to get in front of these issues.
Brian Cashman sitting in the lobby of his Chicago hotel at the GM meetings.