Originally written on Mike Silva's Sports Media Watchdog  |  Last updated 11/11/14
Could the Yankees finally be facing the crossroad that we have discussed for years? After the Tigers bounced them from the 2006 playoffs, many thought the run was over and they needed to rebuild. Joe Torre was able to squeeze a playoff appearance out of the group the following season, but they would miss the postseason in 2008 under Joe Girardi. Brian Cashman signed CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira and away they went, winning the World Series in 2009. There isn’t a Sabathia or Teixeira to save the day on this free agent market. Most of the options are component players such as Shane Victorino, B.J. Upton and the Yankees own free agent, Nick Swisher. The biggest star is Josh Hamilton, but he is also one of the riskiest. You know the riches to rags to riches story by now. Hamilton was the first pick in the 1999 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. He was injured, and the idle time led him to experimenting with drugs. That gateway led to heavy drug use, multiple suspensions and a huge career “wha...
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