I really, really hate it when I agree with ESPN's bombastic Stephen A. Smith. When it comes to the New York Yankees and what they need to do moving into the 2013 season I couldn't agree more with Stephen A.
Something definitely has to change with the Yankees. Here is part of what Smith wrote recently about what the Yankees need to do this offseason:
The Yankees need to shake things up. Change is necessary when one star (A-Rod) is reportedly flirting with women in the stands during a game, and your starting right fielder (Swisher) is too busy complaining about reaction from the fans to remember he was 1-for-36 with runners in scoring position in his postseason career in pinstripes.
Clearly, a youth movement is necessary when this type of nonsense is going on. So is some accountability beyond A-Rod saying, "The [Tigers] outplayed us in every facet of the game. They were the better team."
Now what's needed is something that tells us the Yankees know modifications need to be made.
Do I have a five-point plan for fixing the 2013 Yankees? No, but I might start with seeing if the Arizona Diamondbacks are serious about trading 25-year-old outfielder Justin Upton, the kind of talented, young, athletic player the Yankees don't really have anywhere else on their roster. I might turn over every rock on the planet in an effort to find an ace to add to the starting rotation, or at least a young pitcher with the potential to become an ace. I might cut away as much disappointing dead weight as possible (Andruw Jones, Joba Chamberlain) and open a few roster spots.
I don't know exactly what I would do, or who I might target beyond Upton. I do know, however, that bringing back almost exactly the same group that was historically bad in the 2012 postseason, and really hasn't gotten anything done in the postseason since 2009, is not acceptable.