Found October 17, 2012 on Unathletic:
The New York Yankees are done. I know in sports you’re never suppose to say never, but the Yankees are done. They are now down 3-0 after losing the first three games of the ALCS and it’s now a mere formality before they’ve reached the offseason. The playoffs were a revelation for the Yankees. For years they’ve been complaining about their pitching. To be honest, their pitching was brilliant. It was their offense. Their offense was unspeakably horrible. I’ve never seen failure like that before in my life. What’s worse is there is nothing to suggest that it’ll get better going forward. Knowing that – There are 5 things the Yankees need to do starting right now to avoid a huge organizational decline… 5.) Let Nick Swisher Go As Far Away As Possible He’s a crappy outfielder, he absolutely sucks in the playoffs, it’s just not a right fit. To think that the Yankees passed on Carlos Beltran to keep this hump in right field. The funny thing is I don’t even hate Swisher like most people. I just don’t think he’s the right fit. 4.) Find a Lefty Specialist Out of the Bullpen Boone Logan is terrible. The Yankees don’t have a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. I assume Mariano will come back effectively which gives you D-Rob, Soriano and Mo which I would put up against any other bullpen in baseball. They just need a lefty compliment. 3.) Trade Robinson Cano Here’s where I ruffle feathers. Two words: Alfonso Soriano. Cano is a tremendously gifted baseball player, but he doesn’t have a brain in his head. I like the guy, but I see so many red flags. You could get A LOT for him right now. I do it. 2.) Subtract Age and Add Youth The Yankees are old. Period. They need to get younger. They need to get guys who grind it out and play the game. They need young energy and not old rich stars. 1.) Find Some Idiot to take A-Rod’s Contract I’m going to give A-Rod some love right here. The guy is horrible right now. He looks like he doesn’t know how to play baseball, but he’s handling it like a professional. A-Rod has significantly matured. He’s more of a professional now than ever. Unfortunately, his decline is exponentially remarkable.
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