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07-28

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BBQ State of Mind
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

07-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 241: Manny Ramirez and Other Players Who Refuse to Retire/The Loveable, Hateable Yankees
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-02

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Overthinking It: Robinson Cano and the Latest Debate About Lineup Protection
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Ben Lindbergh

06-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Yankees' Post-Rivera Relief Corps
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Josh Norris

05-28

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BP Unfiltered: Ben Francisco's Darkest Timeline
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Ben Lindbergh

05-28

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Overthinking It: The Montero-Pineda Trade in 2013
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Ben Lindbergh

05-28

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Skewed Left: The Real Future Yankees
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Zachary Levine

05-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 210: Revisiting the Montero-Pineda Trade/Your Ticket Refund/Giveaway Ideas
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-16

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Overthinking It: The Mystique and Aura of the Other 29 Teams
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Ben Lindbergh

05-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 204: The Yankees and Luck/How We Watch Baseball/Consuming Scouting Reports
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-18

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Overthinking It: Brett Gardner Gets Aggressive
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Ben Lindbergh

04-12

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Overthinking It: When the 2013 Yankees Were Young(er)
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Ben Lindbergh

03-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 168: Projections for the Yankees and Blue Jays/If the Amateur Draft Were an Auction/Lifetime Contracts for Generational Talents
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Favorites
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R.J. Anderson and Nick J. Faleris

03-15

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 127: 2013 Season Preview Series: New York Yankees
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 123: How Far Away Are the Astros?/The MLBPA is Mad at the Marlins/Is A-Rod's Surgery Suspicious?/The Future of Baseball on the Radio
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 101: Learning to Like Youkilis/What the Diamondbacks Got Back for Bauer/Why Do Teams Love Lefty Starters?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-12

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Bizball: Yankees' Focus on $189 Million Not Just About the Luxury Tax
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Maury Brown

12-06

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Skewed Left: How the Teams That Did Nothing in Nashville Did
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Zachary Levine

12-03

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BP Unfiltered: Brian Cashman Press Conference Highlights UPDATED
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Ben Lindbergh

12-03

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BP Unfiltered: Alex Rodriguez is Injured Again
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Ben Lindbergh

11-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Gift of Kuhn
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Steven Goldman

11-15

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BP Unfiltered: Has Mariano Rivera's Cutter Rubbed Off on the Rest of the Yankees' Relievers?
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Ben Lindbergh

11-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 80: Could Josh Hamilton Be a Bargain?/Are the Financially Responsible Yankees for Real?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 66: Performing a Post-Mortem on the Yankees
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Bronx Mayhem
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Joe Sheehan

10-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 65: The Impact of the ALCS Rainout/The Strange Appearance of Hunter Pence/Do We Dislike Any Players or Teams?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 64: Should Joe Girardi Have Pinch-Hit in Game Three?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Three Recap: Tigers 2, Yankee 1
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Ben Lindbergh

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Four Preview: Yankees at Tigers
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Matthew Kory

10-17

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Manufactured Runs: Caution: Narratives Being Built
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Colin Wyers

10-17

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Sobsequy: Joe Girardi Has Faith
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Adam Sobsey

10-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 62: Yankees-Tigers ALCS Update/How Hard is Pitching on Short Rest?/October Bullpen Strategy
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 6, Yankees 4
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Ben Lindbergh

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Preview: Tigers at Yankees
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Daniel Rathman

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Recap: Yankees Defeat Orioles
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Ben Lindbergh

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Recap: Orioles 2, Yankees 1
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Ben Lindbergh

10-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 60: Ibanez Pinch-Hits for A-Rod/The Strasburg Debate That Won't Die
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Recap: Yankees 3, Orioles 2
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Ben Lindbergh

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Preview: Orioles at Yankees
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Matthew Kory

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Recap: Orioles 3, Yankees 2
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Ben Lindbergh

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Preview: Yankees at Orioles
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Daniel Rathman

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Yankees 7, Orioles 2
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Ben Lindbergh

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Preview: Yankees at Orioles
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Daniel Rathman

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Orioles-Yankees Division Series Preview
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Ben Lindbergh

10-01

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Pebble Hunting: The Uplifting, Inspirational Yankees
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Sam Miller

09-27

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In A Pickle: Free to Be We
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Jason Wojciechowski

09-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 49: Another Attempt to Explain Why You Don't Need an Ace in October/The New Old Ichiro/The Steve Johnson Story
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-22

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BP Unfiltered: The Emotional Ups and Downs of a Major-League Debut
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Ben Lindbergh

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Jake and Jordan take in a game at Yankee Stadium, where the ghosts of over five years of baseball history reside.

Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman, the proprietors of Cespedes Family Barbecue, are taking another baseball trip and chronicling their travels at Baseball Prospectus.

New York City is a place with lots of stuff. In fact, it probably has the most stuff, of anywhere, in the entire world. Besides the 10 Million or so people who live here, New York has lots of parks, buses, angry people, nice people, and a whole lot of smelly trash. Most importantly, New York City has baseball. From the early days of the New York Knickerbockers and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms to the current day Yankees and Mets, New York has a long and passionate baseball history. Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Willie Mays played in this city. So did Benny Agbayani and Lyle Overbay! Baseball means a lot to New York and New York means a lot to baseball, so we thought we’d do our best to mess it all up.

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Ben and Sam discuss batter-pitcher matchup stats, ancient players on the comeback trail, and the underdog Yankees.

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Has the Yankees' sole healthy slugger suffered because of the players batting behind him?

The more I learn about baseball, the more I think that much of the perceived divide between traditional baseball types and statheads—which is itself overstated—stems from some subset of each side overstating its case. Take clubhouse chemistry, the subject of frequent battles between people on opposite sides of the analytical aisle. A player (or former player) might insist that team chemistry is more important than talent, or that chemistry might be worth 20 wins. And a stathead, frustrated by an inability to measure it and without having experienced it himself, might say (or at least be said to say) that chemistry doesn’t matter.

It seems likely that the truth lies somewhere in the middle: chemistry can help, but probably not so much that it could make a last-place team into a first-place team. If either side said that, the other wouldn’t argue. Instead, extreme and polarizing claims from the pro-chemistry camp prompt equally extreme and polarizing claims from the anti-chemistry camp, and vice versa.

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The Yankees haven't produced many successful homegrown starters, but they have been churning out a wave of cheap relief arms.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Josh Norris has covered the Trenton Thunder and the Yankees farm system for The Trentonian for the last six seasons and spends his free time filming prospects in plush locales like Scranton, Allentown, Wilmington, Lakewood and Staten Island. Previously, he covered the Eugene Emeralds for Scout.com and Oregon club baseball (before NCAA baseball returned) for the Oregon Daily Emerald.

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Ben Francisco's forgettable Yankees career comes to an end.

There’s really no foolproof way to tell who’s going to become a True Yankee©. It helps to be good, of course, but being good is no guarantee. And it helps not to be bad, but being bad doesn’t disqualify you. Worse players than Ben Francisco have become beloved Yankees, and there’s probably an alternate timeline in which Francisco gets a few timely hits, sticks around all season, wins a playoff game with a walk-off bunt, and spends his retirement rubbing shoulders and receiving standing ovations at Old-Timers’ Day with Luis Sojo and Homer Bush.

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May 28, 2013 9:13 am

Overthinking It: The Montero-Pineda Trade in 2013

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Ben Lindbergh

Sizing up a win-win trade that looks lose-lose so far.

(If you listened to last Friday’s episode of Effectively Wild, you’ve already heard me and Sam Miller discussing this topic. You’ve also heard me threatening to write about it. This is me making good on that threat.)

One year, four months, and five days ago, the Yankees traded Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Mariners for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. It was an unusually exciting trade, in that we hadn’t heard much about it before it went down, and it involved two of baseball’s most promising young players. As the internet scrambled to write up responses, a consensus emerged: both teams had done well to address an area of need. The Mariners, who hadn’t hit much since Edgar Martinez retired, had more trouble attracting hitters than pitchers to their big ballpark, and had just batted Miguel Olivo cleanup 43 times, and thus needed someone who wouldn’t look out of place in the middle of a major league lineup. The Yankees, who had a surplus of 1B/DH types signed to long-term contracts, needed a young starter to slot into their rotation behind CC Sabathia. If either team was believed to have “won” the trade, it may have been the Mariners, who wound up with the position player, generally the less risky part of any pitcher-for-position-player swap. But neither team was widely believed to have lost.

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May 28, 2013 5:00 am

Skewed Left: The Real Future Yankees

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Zachary Levine

Why the players who are destined to be Yankees aren't the ones they once were.

Bryce Harper made his major league debut on April 28, 2012. It took 11 days for someone not only to project his future as a New York Yankee but also to put an outrageous salary number on it. Thirty-seven days later, ESPN wondered in its Yankees coverage about Harper’s future in pinstripes.

It’s a bit of an industry, making projections on who’s going to be a New York Yankee. Felix Hernandez was a future Yankee forever until the Mariners made sure that he wasn’t. Just this week, that infamous Royals graphic placed Mike Trout on the Yankees already. And the terrific New York Daily News-er and 80-grade Internet troll Andy Martino gave his Mets followers a little “FY” treatment regarding Matt Harvey.

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Ben and Sam discuss how the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda trade has turned out so far, then talk about your ticket refund/giveaway ideas.



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Yankee magic is universal, as it turns out.

There’s a strange thing that happens to normally rational baseball writers when discussing the Yankees. People who would normally question every assumption and demand to see some empirical proof blindly believe that the Yankees have mastered the dark art of picking up past-their-prime players and restoring some of their former success. The only evidence is anecdotal, so we know we’re being naughty and going off the reservation, sabermetrically speaking. But like Luke Skywalker, we’ve searched our feelings, and we know it to be true. And we’re only kind of kidding.

When the Yankees traded for a struggling Ichiro Suzuki last July, The Great Grant Brisbee—after acknowledging the absurdity of what he was about to say—wrote this:

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Ben and Sam team up for a simulpodcast with Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs and FanGraphs Audio to discuss whether the Yankees have been lucky, the best way to watch baseball, and the value of old scouting reports.



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April 18, 2013 9:24 am

Overthinking It: Brett Gardner Gets Aggressive

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Ben Lindbergh

One of baseball's most selective hitters gets into the swing of things.

Brett Gardner’s approach at the plate used to be simple: bend at the knees, let lots of balls (and strikes) go by, and wait until he walked. Pitchers can’t always throw strikes, even when they’re trying to, especially when the batter doesn’t have a big zone. Gardner consistently made pitchers pay for poor control with plate appearances like this one, from April 29, 2011:

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April 12, 2013 5:00 am

Overthinking It: When the 2013 Yankees Were Young(er)

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Ben Lindbergh

If the Yankees could send their current roster back in time to a previous season, which one would they choose?

A few days ago, Ken Rosenthal wrote an article about the Yankees’ advanced age, entitled “Yankees working on getting younger.” “One thing we know,” Rosenthal wrote, “no matter how this season turns out—the Yankees need to get younger.” Then he went through all the ways the Yankees’ youth movement could work: young prospects panning out, good drafting, “a strategic trade or two.”

I’d like to suggest a simpler scenario: a time machine. Let’s say the Yankees are stuck with their current collection of talent—they can’t acquire anyone who isn’t already on their 40-man roster. But they can have that talent at any point in time. So if the Yankees want one of the MVP Award-winning incarnations of Alex Rodriguez instead of the 37-year-old version who can’t play baseball but looks great eating dinner, they can go get him.

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