Now that the New York Yankees have finally shed the paradoxical foolishness that was Plan 189 -- trying to run the team on budget in a world of $20 million per annum salaries without having anything resembling a credible farm system to provide much needed position players and pitchers -- the organization should embrace its inner nature and do more of what it's done since the signings of Reggie and Catfish: they should sign anyone and everyone who might help the team win now, in 2014, regardless of cost.
This thinking is not unique to me, clearly, but reading posts and articles between the line, it somehow seems as if even the most rabid Yankee fan believes in an unspoken credo of "enough is enough."
The salient question is: What would George do?
Well, George did two things (that were immediately impactful on the roster. Beer commercials and managerial firings don't count, though his ad with Billy Martin for Lite beer is the stuff of legend):
1. He traded whatever was breathing down on the farm for whatever old, broken has been was on the block.
2. He bought talent.
Hal, Cashman and the rest of the "braintrust" can't follow the von Steingrabber Method with regards to #1. The Yankee farm system looks, when viewed in the dim light at least, like a midseason episode of the Walking Dead. Nothing doing, nothing to trade. Sure, dump Banuelos or Jagielo or Romine. Who would notice? What would you get for them? Three hot dog vendors and a beer guy to be named later? No, my friends and fellow Empire minions, the way to fly, and so far so good this off-season, is to stock up on whatever's left out there. If there is no rebuild in the offing -- and clearly there is not and won't be until the Yankees have scouts on Rigel VII and Dagobah -- then it is the Wallet that holds sway. And let's face it, there is no reason to hold back. The rest of the baseball world already despises our team. Always have, always will. The rest of baseball already believes we buy championships. If we will this year, that's what they will say: we buy championships.
So let's buy one. There are still questions about this 2014 team. Answer them. Sign Jimenez because he gives you innings at the least and possibly a great deal more. Phelps, Pineda and Co. are a wing and a prayer. They might, but they probably won't, so spend. Get Jimenez to ensure that most nights we put a guy out there who can win. A rotation of CC, Tanaka, Kuroda, Nova and Jimenez does exactly that. Why throw out every fifth game with a Phelps or whomever? Go for the jugular and grab that win. Sign Rodney because he's a proven AL East closer who's had some great seasons closing and setting up. Our bullpen is iffy. Robertson at closer is iffy. Rodney gives us options. There are a few others out there I might consider as well. Morales, Cruz, Drew, Santana (Ervin). Sign them. Sign them all. Hold nothing back. Plan 189 should now be revealed for what it really always was: the ruse disguising a "fully operational battle station." The rebels -- Tampa, Oakland, St. Louis, Pittsburgh -- might get off a lucky shot, but the odds are stacked in our favor if we aim the Wallet at every challenger. It's the Yankee Way, it's the Boss' way, and it's worked out fairly well over the years. Seven championships in the free agent era is nothing to sneeze at, and they didn't come about because the Wallet stayed in the pocket. Spend, spend, spend. Make the New House same as the Old House: a monument to the success of excess. Press the advantage, feed the Beast, and let the rebels eat cake.