George Steinbrenner was never fond of losing.
In fact, you could say that he hated it, and he would be sick to his stomach to see what the New York Yankees just did—or didn’t do—in the ALCS.
The Yankees were swept by the Detroit Tigers in the most embarrassing of fashions. They didn’t pitch well, they didn’t hit well, and they definitely didn’t play well.
Back in the days when Steinbrenner called the shots, immediate action would be taken. Players, coaches, front office personnel and even the hot dog vendors would be on the cusp of losing their jobs.
Now that Steinbrenner has passed on, it’s up to his son, Hal, to run the most successful franchise in the history of sports.
We don’t know what kind of moves Hal will want to make, now that the Yankees don’t play for a couple of months, but we can try to assume the moves that his father would.
Here’s a look at five moves that the Yankees would make during this upcoming offseason if George Steinbrenner was alive and calling the shots.
Alex Rodriguez is a cancer to this franchise and his services are no longer needed.
There is no way that George Steinbrenner would allow someone who acted and performed as A-Rod did during this postseason to continue playing for the New York Yankees.
The problem with getting rid of Rodriguez is that his contract includes a complete no-trade clause that he will refuse to waive, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins both said that they wouldn’t be interested in the slugger, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, but one of the other 29 teams has to have even the slightest bit of interest, despite his enormous contract.
The Yankees have to find a way to rid themselves of the formerly MVP-worthy third baseman. Hitting .120/.185/.120 in 25 postseason at-bats just isn’t going to cut it in New York—in fact, that won’t cut it with any team.
There's always the potential that he breaks out eventually. That time just didn’t come this season, and who knows whether it will next year?
New York has to focus on taking whatever deal they can get to ensure A-Rod doesn’t wear pinstripes in spring training.
Pay 50 percent of his remaining salary, 75 percent, 100 percent, whatever—as long as he’s gone.
Nick Swisher was a great add to the Yankee organization a couple years ago, but his time in New York has now come to an end.
Swisher enters this offseason as a free agent, and the Yankees would have to be crazy to give him a new contract.
It’s not that Swisher can't replicate regular-season numbers that he’s produced in the past; it’s that he’s going to be looking for a ridiculous amount of money for several, several years.
He’s expected to want to match the contract that Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth received, which was a seven-year, $126 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Swisher just went 5-for-30 in eight postseason games, with just two extra-base hits. He didn’t score and only drove in two runs while striking out 33 percent of the time.
Even if it’s a small sample size, those aren’t even close to numbers worthy of a $100-million-plus contract.
The Yankees could easily call someone up from Triple-A, trade for a cheaper option or pick someone up in free agency.
Swisher is not a long-term option in the New York outfield, and if George Steinbrenner still ran the team, he’d make sure of he was on his way out of town.
The Curtis Granderson project is no longer producing in the ways the Yankees need, that being to help them win World Series rings.
Obviously, it’s not all Granderson’s fault that the Yankees got swept in the ALCS, but he is a part of the overall problem.
Granderson came to New York as a doubles hitter who was a good fielder and could steal bases. Now, he’s a fair fielder, only hits home runs, strikes out all the time and rarely takes a big lead.
The everyday centerfielder hit .232 this season.
He hit .232! That’s astonishing for someone who only missed two regular season games. Sure, he hit 43 home runs, but was five strikeouts shy of 200.
Oh, and then there’s that two-week stretch called the postseason, where the Yankees would’ve been better off if Granderson just stayed home.
He had just three hits in 30 at-bats, and only one of those was a home run. Guess how many times he struck out in those 30 at-bats. 16 times.
The Yankees will shop Granderson this offseason, writes Bob Nightengale of USA Today, which is the perfect move that George Steinbrenner would make.
Who knows what they could get in return for a guy who has become a 40 homer-per-year guy, but whatever it is, it’d be worth it.
The Boss was all about giving out the most ridiculous of contracts during his tenure to ensure that he got the best talent on the market.
If he was alive and in charge, Josh Hamilton would be a New York Yankee in absolutely no time.
The Yankees have the money to splurge on a free agent with MVP-caliber talent and the Texas Rangers might not even offer Hamilton the monster contract that he might seek, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
He has said that he’ll let the Rangers match any offer, according to Heyman, but can the Rangers seriously match what the Yankees can offer?
Although the Yankees and Rangers are both sitting at home watching the Tigers go onto the World Series, they are in different financial and baseball situations.
The Yankees have to make a big move and they have the money to do so; that's where Hamilton would come in. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has reported, however, that the Yankees may not pursue him, to avoid the luxury tax.
If George Steinbrenner had the final say, though, he’d say to screw the luxury tax and do whatever it took to get the best player that gave the team the best chance at winning a World Series title.
Winning was everything to George Steinbrenner.
Joe Girardi didn’t get the job done this year, and has only gotten it done once in his five-year tenure—that being winning the World Series.
Granted, winning once in five years is something to be proud of, but The Boss would have expected five titles in five years.
The Yankees missed the postseason in Girardi’s first season in New York, only to win it all the next season. Since then, though, there hasn’t been much to be happy about.
The Yankees lost in the ALCS in 2010, the ALDS last season and were just swept in the ALCS this year. Girardi did just lose his father, but it’s not just this postseason wherein the Yankees haven’t performed to their highest potential.
It’s time for a change.
Girardi doesn’t seem to be able to handle the stars that he has on his roster, which is exactly what happened with Terry Francona in Boston. He couldn’t handle what was going on in the clubhouse and lost control of his team.
The Yankees can’t let it get that far, if it hasn’t already. Sure, maybe Alex Rodriguez is the main problem, but being reluctant to bench veterans is a serious problem—and that’s what’s happened.
Steinbrenner would find a manager and coaching staff that could bring home a World Series trophy in 2013.