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The Yankees’ Championship window is now

The Yankees’ best chance to win is 2024, and if they don’t there will be consequences.

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“Championship window” is a loose term used to define a time when your team can win a championship. It is an arbitrary term, and it’s particularly emphasized when that window is just opening, or coming to a close. These windows of opportunity are sparked by something—trades, free agency, a draft—that catalyzes fans and the media to set expectations for a certain period of time. Oftentimes, this window encompasses a few years, giving the players/coaches, and management time to reach their potential.

The harsh reality is that a championship window or reset is the beginning of the end. Sports are notoriously impatient, and will leave you behind faster than you can blink. You only get so many opportunities to prove yourself before people stop believing in you. While Brian Cashman has seen many iterations of winning windows open and close, the Soto deal started a timer for not only him but all members of the organization. Revamps either end in championships or people getting fired. The problem is that the Yankees’ window is as narrow as it can get. They do not have the luxury of a few years to get it right. Their championship window is 2024, and if it doesn’t work out then there may be changes.

Fans have been frustrated recently by a lack of accountability, and the amount of chances that members of this organization have been afforded. I’m convinced that the recent trades, aiming to improve the team in 2024 with little certainty beyond that, will provide the answers that the fanbase has been looking for. For the first time in a while, the direction is clear—win now, no excuses. With that level of conviction and direction comes pressure, and a lot of it. There is clarity in expectations, as players will either perform or crumble under the microscope that will be placed on them. The same goes for coaches and management. Who will perform and who will crack—an exciting time to be a fan of this team.

Many have celebrated the Yankees for “acting like the Yankees” this offseason, which will temporarily silence critics, but the pressure cooker will continue to mount for the 2024 season. Brian Cashman has faced a boatload of criticism over the past few seasons, rightfully so, but he deserves credit for the moves he has made and will continue to make this offseason. He is certainly operating like his job is on the line, further emphasizing the importance of this upcoming season.

There is light beyond 2024, and an organization like the Yankees can spend and trade their way into new windows. I’m not projecting that the Yankees would or will fall apart after this year, but more highlighting that if the team fails, then this organization could look a lot different in two years. Just look at this offseason so far. Coming off an awful season, no one was picturing the Yankees as championship contenders unless big changes were made. Trading for one of the best players in the game flipped those expectations almost instantly. So yes, I’m not saying everything beyond 2024 should be disregarded, but the emphasis is clearly on this season. This campaign will feel different for the players and the fans, and it should.

I’m usually tempered with my expectations of any team, but I think the fans have every right this year to fully expect winning. You know the organization will be preaching the “championship or bust” mentality, so I think the fans have the right to do the same. For the first time in a while, we have a right to believe them.