The New York Yankees dropped another game at the hands of the Oakland A’s on Sunday with a score of 10-5. Another loss for the Yankees and the story remains the same. The team’s starting rotation outside of Masahiro Tanaka remains inconsistent and the team continues to struggle to sustain any run production.
Vidal Nuno looked flat and gave up two three-run homers early in the game. Nuno has been up and down throughout the entire season, which has led many analysts to believe that there is no doubt that the Yankees will need to look for outside help in order to stabilize their rotation issues. Since the team learned recently that they won’t expect C.C. Sabathia and Michael Pineada to come back until after the All-Star break, the idea of being active on the trade market this year seems entirely plausible for New York.
On the offensive side of the ball, the team hasn’t looked much better and is now ranked 22nd in the entire MLB in runs scored. Whether the team chooses to trade for another bat in the lineup remains to be seen. The fact is that New York’s offense has struggled as a whole, and that has a lot to do with the overall age of the team. This has been something that has been a long time coming for the Bronx Bombers. The team has been able to mask some of their deficiencies over the past couple seasons by signing aging veterans hoping to squeeze some old magic out of them. Players like Ichiro Suzuki, Carlos Beltran, Vernon Wells and Brian Roberts are a few who come to mind.
The Yankees’ plan to plug the holes of their sinking ship with stopgap veterans and disregard building their farm system has left them in a bad position. While it is difficult for Yankee fans to imagine a season in which the team isn’t a World Series contender, perhaps that is just what the doctor ordered for this team. The organization needs to really commit to finding and grooming prospects, while avoiding high-profile free-agent contracts. While this is not necessarily the way the Yankees have conducted business, it may be the best way to get this team back to the dynasty level that it enjoyed in the late 1990s and early 2000s.