I will first admit to everyone that I am a big Yankee fan. However, I can admit when they have screwed up! Not making the playoffs this year would SUCK for every Yankee fan, but what makes me mad is that they had the ability to make it! When you have as much money as there spending, you can definatly get what you need.
First things first, I dont care who says it wasnt and who wants to argue with me, Clemens was a waste of money. if they could use that money to get either a young pitcher or get them a player to help on D, they would be that much better than they are now. Clemens is decent for his age, but what about next year! baseball is a sport in which you have to focus not just on your season now, but your seasons in the future. When he retires (again) in a year or two, what will the Yanks have gotten for that money. A few wins but more losses. If they would have signed a young pitcher that they could work on for years to come, he prolly copuld have done what Clemens has this year or even better.
The next thing is to trade some of their players out for some pitching. i think we can all agree that the Yanks will have no trouble with O and if they do, they can get some players. But what I would work on is D and pitching. Theier pitchers have been blowing these games and the errors the team have made are costful. I say trade Damon or Abreu while you can still get something for them, and get a big name pitcher that will pull together twelve or more wins.
I have been hearing rumors about extending Posada's contract and some about releasing him because they have a good catcher in their farm system. But Yanks.... DO NOT GET RID OF JORGE! You cant replace him with a rookie. He has been some of thier best O players and is great at gunning people out and calling a great ball game. Releasing him is realeasing a big part of thier team. Also, keep A-rod. i dont care if you can get the best pitcher in the league for him. he has most of that teams O, scoring the most RBI's and HRs in the whole MLB.
My last thing I will state for now is to not get rid of Torre. I am sick of him getting blamed for this teams lossses. He has done evreything he needs to by putting these guys where they have to be, they are just not coming through to thier full potential.
They are a good team and if they pull it all together, they can be a threat to the wildcard and have some great seasons in the future.