Thursday, September 1, 2016

SNY: Is it time to take the Yankees seriously?

In a span of several days in late July, the New York Yankees traded their closer, were swept by the last-place Tampa Bay Rays and then traded their replacement closer and best hitter to that point in the season.

It was the correct approach, but one that typically signals that focus has shifted to next season. A month later, the Yankees might be a serious playoff contender.

The Yankees did exactly what a .500 team with little going its way should do at the trade deadline. They filled the organization with top-tier prospects, revamping their farm system and putting to rest the notion that they do not care about growing from within. The difference from other rebuilding processes: the Yankees refused to keep losing and look for a high draft pick.

Ownership, general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi said the team was not waving the white towel and the remaining Yankees in the clubhouse had no intention of packing it in. Even so, thinking one way and performing as such is another.

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