The pro-Yankee internet got all twisted up a few weeks ago when Cashman said essentially that the Yanks would never rebuild, and would continue to try to win the World Series every year. People got depressed. But let me remind you that in the past Cashman has also said that "Enrique Wilson will be our Third Baseman." Cash has also said, "Bubba Crosby will be our Centerfielder." The GM of the Yankees has also said, "We will not re-sign ARod if he opts out." That one I sorta wish was true. So, in any event, this is a guy who has historically failed to tip his hand publicly, so why should we think he was doing it now, especially when it behooves the franchise to get the season tickets renewed first.
If they were doing nothing else, the above would be wishful thinking on my part. But, in fact, everything they are doing and have done lately aside from their reactive free agent splurge last year, has been setting up for a future run.
To wit: they are undergoing a pretty substantial reorganization of their minors for the second year in a row. Newman is retired, Roessler is fired. More firings could be on the way. Thus far, the only additions have been Gary Denbo in for Newman, and Greg Colbrun's return to Charleston. Happenstance has really played into the Yankees hands with Colbrunn, and having a top notch hitting coach in Low A, where a bunch of their stalled hitting prospects like Aune and Mikolas will be next season and then should see a huge wave of IFA talent start filtering through the next.
And that's on top of the spending on top scouts they've been doing or the past few years.
What they have yet to do is hire a head of player development and I believe that is because they are undergoing their ongoing review of the entire system right now. In fact, I think that seems more important to them, right now, than the major league hitting coach job that still isn't filled.
We could also look at their drafts and see a desire for : a wave of college talent, with Refsnyder, Rumbelow, and Lindgren leading the way; a wave of prep talent with Murphy, Bird and Austin leading the way; and a monster wave of IFA talent coming up later with Severino, Mateo, and Dermis Garcia or pick one leading the way.
So why are the spending all this time and money on the farm, for the second year in a row if they aren't rebuilding? The inescapable conclusion seems to be that they are. They're bullshitting about it.
We'll see who they hire and what they implement, but they would be wasting time on the farm if they didn't intend to use it. And even Hal must realize that Time is Money.