There is certainly room for nostalgia for us fans. We love digging through past records, watching Yankee Classics and reliving past glories of players on teams from days of yore. But for those who are running a franchise like Brian Cashman, Randy Levine and Hal Stienbrenner, there’s little room for sentimentality. Especially when you have to decide what kind of contract to give to an aging icon like Derek Jeter. Joel Sherman addressed this yesterday in his column for the NY Post. He writes:
But confidants of Cashman said the GM is determined not to have the team get so lost in the past that it destroys the future by giving Jeter a contract that either lasts way beyond his effectiveness and/or overpays him to such a degree that hurts financial flexibility elsewhere.
That is why, the confidants say, Cashman decided to have a face-to-face, turning-the-page meeting with Jorge Posada in Manhattan to tell the longtime catcher that the plan is to go with youngsters behind the plate and that Posada is now viewed as a DH. And it is why, the confidants say, he essentially played bad cop with Posada’s pal, Jeter, at a meeting that also was attended by Hal Steinbrenner, team president Randy Levine and Jeter’s agent, Casey Close.
So we now learn that even pushing Posada aside is part of their strategy with Derek. It’s not as if its unwarranted, Jorge has had all sorts of trouble staying healthy since 2008. But the timing is coordinated to let Derek know the team is ready and willing to move on from the Core 4. As the head of Baseball ops, Brian has the strongest case to make against Derek. His performance is clearly declining, and as I’ve detailed here it looks more the like final phases of a once-great players career much more than just a bad season.
Drawing such lines and eventually parting ways with an iconic player is always difficult and often pivotal to a franchise in any sport. Hanging on too long poses its own risks. Mickey Mantle was retained well past his prime years and the team fell in the toilet in the late 1960s. Not solely due to him, but those Yankee teams were known as a group that got old all at once in 1965, and the franchise didn’t recover until the mid 70s. Was hanging on to Mantle the main reason they lost? No, but it certainly didn’t help. Baseball instituting an amateur draft in 1965 had a much more lingering impact. Before the 1960s, the Yanks were able to cherry pick the best young players by offering larger signing bonuses and constantly replenish their winning machine. With the draft funneling talent to the teams with the worst record, the Yanks had to start losing in order to get top amateur talent. They rebuilt a good team by 1976 through the draft and some key trades by Gabe Paul, but it was really the institution of free agency in 1975 that brought the Yanks back to prominence and still keeps them on top to this very day.
It’s an ugly (but necessary) part of the business and always has been. Babe Ruth was unceremoniously let go by the Yanks in 1934 and replaced with George Selkirk. Joe Dimaggio retired after he just started to decline in 1951 at age 36. Reggie Jackson was allowed to leave as a 35 year old free agent in 1981. 37 year old Bernie Williams was given a non-guaranteed invite in the spring of 2007, which he declined. All of these moves were controversial, but necessary. Maybe a year too soon in some cases, but you’d rather give up on a player a year early than 4 years too late. Which may very well be what Derek is asking them to do.
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