Maybe the Yankees ARE The Evil Empire?!

Brian Cashman loves to embrace the tag, and maybe we should've seen why all along.

We've always assumed that the Yankees were compared to the Evil Empire because other teams hated the way they'd "Buy Championships" and use their financial advantage to wipe out the competition. Well, it's become obvious the last few years, the Yankees don't even belong in the same galaxy as those assumptions. The place they most closely resemble an Evil Empire is...The Death Star.

In the Star Wars movies, The Death Star was a planet destroying weapon that happened to also be the size of a planet. The plot of every Star Wars movie can loosely be tied to the Death Star, because they were always either securing the plans for it, stealing the plans, building it, destroying it, rebuilding it, or destroying it again. The biggest problem with the Death Star is they built it with a weak spot, so one lone shot could take down the entire thing. And when given the opportunity, the good guys would do just that. And when the Evil Empire rebuilt the Death Star, for some unknown reason, they built it with virtually the exact same weakness. That's where the Yankees compare to The Evil Empire! Their arrogance, and stubbornness continues to lead them down a path that they believe in. They always think they're the smartest people in the room, while constantly being proven they barely belong in the room.

After watching Corey Seager sign with Texas yesterday, it became painfully obvious that the Yankees I have loved and rooted for my entire life are gone. Like Anakin Skywalker, they have slipped to the dark side and will never least as long as Hal Steinbrenner is in charge.

Some of you may think this is an overreaction. Here's some of the reasons why Seager made so much sense, followed by the reason the Yankees didn't sign him is so distressing;

1) Yankees need a SS - the only player on their roster outside of Gleyber Torres that's spent any time at SS in the majors is Gio Urshela, who's played a total of 285 innings there in his career.

2) Brian Cashman - "Shortstop is an area of need. We have to address it." Those are Cashman's words, not mine.

3) This was probably the best free agent class for the SS position in MLB history - So, multiple quality options were available

4) The Yankees are the most valuable team in MLB by almost $2B - No reason to skimp on anyone

5) Seager is an all around hitter that doesn't have to rely on only power or speed to be valuable.

6) Seager hits left handed and Yankee Stadium is built for LH hitters

7) Seager wouldn't cost any prospects and would not be a roadblock for graduation of prospects as he could easily be shifted

8) Of the five top SS options, Seager and Correa stand alone as far as biggest impact bats. Correa has a ton of baggage with Yankee fans, while Seager has none.

Obviously, Corey Seager would have checked almost every box the Yankees would be looking for and would cost them only money. Which gets me to why this is so distressing - The Yankees weren't even "In" on him! Let me say that again - The Yankees weren't even "In' on him! How does an organization with the resources of the Yankees look away from the one player available that fills their greatest need so perfectly? What great off season plan involves not even getting into a reasonable contract negotiation with the one single player you should've been targeting first this year? What valuation system are the Yankees looking at that makes them think he didn't even warrant serious consideration? And if they're using a valuation system like that, what hope do we, as Yankee fans, have they will make the proper adjustments to this team?

Now, they could go out and get Correa, who is a much better defender, but is he really the answer? For all the talk about Seager's injury history, Correa has played in 75% of his team's games since the beginning of the 2016 season compared to Seager's 70%. When you break down the nature of the injuries, Seager's involved TJS four or five years ago, and a hit by pitch. Correa's missed time with back ailments which carry a much greater risk of recurring. Carlos comes with the Trash-tros cheating stigma and Yankee legend bashing that will be tough to get past the fans. And, if they weren't willing to even make an offer to Seager, why should we believe they would make an offer a player that's projected to receive an even larger contract?

I just can't help but keep going back to some of the recent Yankee acquisitions and wonder - Why?

They signed Gerrit Cole to what was the biggest annual value contract in MLB history until a couple days ago, but for what? If you're going to buy caviar one day a week and have to eat hot dogs and Ramen noodles the rest of the week, should you really spend the extra money on the caviar? $3000 rims on a Ford Escort doesn't make much sense does it? Why bother spending that kind of money on a player to just neglect almost every other position on the team.

Take it back a couple more years, what about the Stanton trade? It was viewed as a luxury at the time, as the Yankees really didn't NEED a power hitting RH outfielder at the time. I have no problem with that trade, as it made a ton of sense at the time and Stanton actually looked like the player we were hoping he'd be last year. But, if you're going to make a move like that, you can't start pinching pennies at every turn afterwards. Enough has been said about the Britton and Chapman extensions being unwise if tightening of the budget was ever going to need to be done. These moves just make no sense. Even in 2021, when they finally made a couple of moves to address the team needs at the trade deadline, they chose to give away prospects to pay down the salaries of the players they picked up. How does that make any sense?

The organization continuously avoids paying market rate to acquire players, while also deciding to give away prospects to pay down salaries. And when they do spend money, it's countered by a purging of salary. How does that business model help create a World Series Championship roster?

To be clear, I'm not upset about the Yankees not acquiring Corey Seager. I'm upset that they didn't even make a run at the one player that most clearly addresses their biggest need this off season and wouldn't have prospect capital attached to him at all(except the draft compensation - maybe that's why they steered clear, yeah, right).

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