The Yankees had built momentum during an recent 8-2 stretch, moving within six games in the American League East and four games of an AL wild card spot, but a loss Wednesday in Houston and two losses Friday and Saturday against the last place Rays took the wind out of their sails, apparently convincing Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner to raise the white flag of surrender. Gone is one of my favorites - Andrew Miller. The Indians will send in return, highly touted outfielder Clint Frazier, along with 3 others.
The big question now is whether the Yankees will trade Carlos Beltran before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. After trading both Aroldis Chapman and Miller, it feels like a foregone conclusion that more moves are on the way. I only wish it would be possible to rid themselves of Alex Rodriquez and Mark Texeria. Unfortunately, I doubt that happens, which slows down the process for working on the future of this once proud franchise.
It’s been a long time since the Yankees were sellers. Selling admits you’re out of it and it’s time to rebuild. In the Yankees case, admitting that is something they prefer not to do, but rebuild is what they must. As much as I hated to see Miller go, it is the right move to finally move forward. What that means for Yankee fans (providing it’s done right) is to grin and bear it watching young prospects learn the game and hopefully be successful over the next 3-4 years. I for one have been spoiled by their run of contending teams and will have to adjust and be patient. Uggh. This won’t be easy.
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