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New York Yankees: 4 Critical Offseason Moves That Need to Be Made
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Yankee Owner Hal Steinbrenner

As the 2012 postseason has finally come to a merciful end for the New York Yankees, the organization must again prepare to look ahead. The season lasted a little longer than it did last year for the Yankees, of course. however, the Yankees would likely have traded the additional four games played for an early vacation if they had known they would have unraveled so quickly and so completely.

So we look ahead to yet another offseason where the Yankees, if recent history holds, will likely double down on their incessant focus on pitching, pitching and more pitching, all while their lineup continues to break down faster than the relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Joe Girardi.

Just as the 2011 season came to a very similar end, with the Yankees offense disappearing time and again in critical situations, the 2012 season ended with the offense demonstrating even more emphatically how impotent it is against above-average pitching.

This team, so perfectly designed to dominate mediocre regular season pitching, is simply not engineered to respond when runs need to be scored other than through a constant flow of three-run home runs. They don't hit, they can't run, they don't move runners over, they don't sustain rallies of any kind and they strike out more frequently than any playoff-caliber team has any right to.

All of these factors contribute to the need for truly meaningful changes, the kind of changes that aren't cosmetic or solely related to personnel. The change that is required for these Yankees starts at the top of the baseball organization and funnels down from there, sending the message that times must in fact change in Yankeeland.

Here are the four most critical adjustments required if the Yankees are to reverse a truly catastrophic downward spiral in the making.

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