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After losing to Cleveland in four games, the New York Yankees have lost in the playoffs for seven years straight. And there are going to be consequences.
Now my dislike for the Yankees doesn’t just come from losing to them for almost my entire lifetime. It stems from the lopsided salary system baseball has. I’m aware Boston has the second highest payroll. And that overall team competitiveness has been varied from year to year in baseball, and most teams have been able to be in a playoff race. But the Yankees at the highest payroll of 195 million (According to ESPN) still have a 52 million dollar advantage over the Red Sox who are at 143 million. Now the Red Sox are already one of the best teams in baseball. If they spent 52 million more they would be unstoppable. With 52 million, a team could add two A-Rod type contracts. Or how about four Ortiz contracts. Its a huge competitive advantage.
Now the Yankees look to be going in a new direction after losing with such a high payed team in the last 10 years. The team has noticeably become younger this year with the emergence of Robinson Cano, Philip Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Melky Cabrera.
In this new phase, George Steinbrenner said in a statement that if the Yankees lost this year Joe Torre wouldn’t be back to manage next year. And the way Torre talked in his post game press-conference, it sounds like Torre knows it. Along with the loss of Joe Torre, many more Yankees might be moving.
Heres some of the list of players who could be moving:
A major date to write down is November 10th. This is the date A-Rod needs to make a decision on whether to opt out of his contract. This is 10 days after the World Series ends, right after the GM meetings.
After this year, the Yankees could look completely different. It’ll be a decision by the players whether they really want to come back to the New York Yankees sans Joe Torre. And whether they think the Yankees will be competitive anytime soon.
My hope is the Yankees blow up the team, and next year they come into the league subpar and don’t make the playoffs. It’ll be a struggle for them to keep everyone on the free agent list. So no matter what, the Yankees will be a much different team next year.
It’ll be fun to watch for Yankee fans and non-Yankee fans alike.