A team that has always been synonymous with spending every dollar they can to ensure World Series wins hasn’t spent nearly as much as they should have so far this off-season. This team, the New York Yankees, had fans waiting and marveling at the idea of the 2019 free agent class for the past few years. Superstar names that were meant for pinstripes in this class are the likes of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Yes, I completely understand the “we have a great young core” narrative and I love those guys, but in the 90s we had a core that was better than these guys and still surrounded them with talent by going out and spending the money.
George Steinbrenner- the Yankees greatest owner, was a man of the fans and genuinely a huge fan of his team. The only thing George cared about was winning the WS and sending the fans home happy, no matter how much it cost. It worked for the time George was alive as the Yankees poured in Division, League, and World Series titles year after year. From the years 1996-2009(the year Steinbrenner passed away) the Bronx Bombers easily stood atop the payroll numbers for the MLB, this brought in 5 WS wins in those years. Since then they still had the highest payroll from 2010-2014 but started to shed salary in an attempt to rebuild. The rebuild came on quick as 2017 emerged young superstars such as Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and Luis Severino. 2017 saw that young core bring the Yankees to within one game of playing for a WS before a game 7 loss to the Houston Astros, who went on to win the WS that year, and an early playoff exit in round 1 in 2018 while still bringing on other young superstars in Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres as well as adding the (at the time) reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton.
2019 is the year that the Yanks are going to spend the money and put together a generational team by adding Machado, Harper and pitchers, right? Apparently not. This once money spending juggernaut franchise has started to cheap out since the kids of George Steinbrenner have taken the reigns. It seems every year their revenue goes up, but payroll stays the same or lowers. In my opinion, the kids don’t care about winning and the fans as much as their late father did for many years. In all honesty, George is probably rolling in his grave knowing that the Boston Red Sox have won 2 WS championships in the 10 year span since the Yankees last win in 2009. 2009 was a huge offseason for the yankees signing huge names to big money contracts such as CC Sabathia, Mark Teixiera, AJ Burnett, and trading for Nick Swisher. All while retaining their core. This is what we all expected from The Yankees in 2019, unfortunately it doesn’t seem we will get it.
I will give them that they did make a good move in trading number one pitching prospect Justus Sheffield to Seattle for their left handed ace, James Paxton, This new NYY regime is focused more on lining they pockets than the field with WS talent. The NYY loyal fans deserve so much more. They deserve to not only have Machado (who as of now is “still on the table”, but well see). but also Harper, and Corbin (who signed with the Nationals after meeting with the Yankees).
The biggest nonsense in sports is that fans have bought into their team not spending money, as if it some how helps them? No matter if your team hits the luxury tax or not you will still pay way over price for tickets, parking, food, and drinks at the ballpark. When you’re spending all of that money you should be able to watch the money you spend run out onto the field, not be hidden in a cheap owners pocket. Especially when its the most storied and winningest franchise in sports history. Its time for Hal Steinbrenner to start acting like his father and get us another WS no matter the cost. Yankees fans need it, the city of New York needs it and the MLB needs it. When the Yankees are playing well the baseball world is right and the city of New York is even better. So please, Stop being so cheap and give this city what it needs, another parade down the Canyon of Heroes.
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