The Yankees’ pursuit of Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney, is seemingly severe sufficient that Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, not the throw-it-against-the-wall-to-see-if-it-sticks sort, speculated Friday about the implications that buying the All-Star would have on New York with regard to the wage ca— uh, luxur— uh, aggressive steadiness tax.
There’s one actually huge holdup, although: the Yankees suck.
A 6-1 loss to the first-place Pink Sox on Friday evening at Fenway Park dropped the Bronx Bombers to 50-46 on the season, 9 video games behind Boston, eight behind Tampa Bay, and one within the loss column behind a younger and thrilling Toronto workforce that’s lower than every week from taking part in an precise residence recreation for the primary time since 2019.
For the season, the Yankees have scored two (2) extra runs than the 32-64 Orioles, Their plus-5 run differential ranks seventh within the American League. And in opposition to the three different playoff contenders within the East, the Yankees are a mixed 13-23. They’ll’t belief their bullpen anymore and now have two extra video games in Boston this weekend after dropping Gerrit Cole’s begin.
As a result of they’re the Yankees, they’re at all times within the mode of making an attempt to win, however Sunday will mark one month for the reason that final time New York was even inside 5 video games of Boston. As soon as they depart Massachusetts, the Yankees head to what is likely to be their least favourite ballpark on the earth, Tropicana Discipline, for 3 video games in opposition to the Rays (now with Nelson Cruz!) that look lots like they’ll be the ultimate nails within the coffin of this season.
If it have been every other workforce, you’d rightfully say they have been out of their minds to even be fascinated about making an enormous commerce for Story, who’s a free agent after the season. Simply signal him then for nothing when you like him as your shortstop for the remainder of the last decade and wish to transfer Gleyber Torres again to second base.
No matter that is, it isn’t working, and as an alternative of making an attempt to squeeze their method right into a wild-card recreation on the street and a dropping lottery ticket for making the World Collection, the Yankees must take the ultimate two months of this season to look at the place it’s all gone incorrect since they made their run to the 2017 ALCS and regarded like titles can be on the best way in brief order.
This journey to Boston was billed as do-or-die for the Bronx Bombers. They haven’t performed. They’re performed.