If we’ve learned anything from this season, it’s that the New York Yankees are just too old. General manager Brian Cashman has always built the team through free agency and by trading prospects for proven veterans. It’s worked well in the past, but at least right now, I think the Yankees need to explore other options.
With Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Michael Pineda all set to return from injury relatively soon, New York’s roster will be packed with extra players. Therefore, I think now’s a better time than any to trade some of those extra veterans for prospects. The emergence of Zoilo Almonte has made Vernon Wells and/or Ichiro Suzuki expendable. These two veterans have proven that they still have some left in the tank, but I think the Yankees need to build for the future.
Another likely player to be traded is Phil Hughes, who has struggled this season with stringing together consistent starts. Pineda’s return will push someone out of the rotation anyway, so why not exchange Hughes for some young value?
Just look at the San Francisco Giants as an example. They’ve won two of the last three world series by building from within. Guys like Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner have all come from their minor league system, and they’ve all helped to win games immediately.
The numerous injuries to older players have proven to me that the Yankees are too old. It’s time they start getting younger now instead of waiting until the season is over.