Yankees need to get with the times
Over the course of the past few seasons, Major League Baseball has seen teams get younger, teams utilize more home grown talent and teams adapt to what is going on in the league.
The Yankees have yet to do so. Year in and year out, the team goes out and signs the big free agents, picks-up stop gaps or gets players that are supposed to help the team win now.
For the Yankees, especially this season, doing those things did not help. Guys like Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Mark Teixeira all missed significant time this past season and who knows where, how, and if they will help the Yankees in 2014 (not sure if Granderson will re-sign with the Yankees this off-season).
This past season, the stop gaps in Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay and Travis Hafner produced but not on a consistent basis. The home grown talent, though not terrible baseball players, did not play like full-time big leaguers and still need time to develop into pro ball players.
Nevertheless, the Yankees did finish the season with an 85-77 record, which is pretty incredible considering the kind of roster they fielded this season. While everyone who roots for the Yankees should be satisfied with this record considering the lineup they put out on the field this season, it is time for fans to start rooting for a different fate.
The franchise needs to be dealt with the reality that the league is changing. Over-the-hill players are not going to get it done anymore and neither are the stop gaps or fill-ins that the team acquires and puts out on the field.
The club needs to go into rebuilding mode and build the team around the Cano's, Gardner's, Pineda's, and Roberston's of the team. The team needs to rebuild from within and allow the growing pains to occur because if they do not, it is going to be the same thing over and over again for the Yankees.
It is easy to see why doing something like this might be a hard pill to swallow. The Yankees are a prideful franchise that has done it all and won it all when it comes to baseball.
With that said, it is time to take a backseat and look towards the future. It is time for the Yankees to start anew and start doing things the way clubs like the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds do.
Again, the franchise and their fans may not like it but for the betterment of the future, missing the postseason is a blessing in disguise and should serve as a wakeup call for a franchise that needs to change their philosophy.