When the trade deadline came and went without the Yankees making a move, I was one happy camper. After all, there was no one out on the market that was worth trading for, not even Ubaldo Jimenez.
Maybe I should say especially Ubaldo Jimenez.
The guy had a great first half last year. He did nothing much before that and hasn't done much since. And Colorado wanted Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Jesus Montero and van Nova for him? Absolutely ridiculous.
Now, the question is this: Can the 2011 Yankees, as presently constituted, win the World Series?
When you look at the moves some of the other teams made, especially those of the Rangers and the Phillies, the answer appears to be no. And if the two comeback artists, Bartolo Colon and Freddie Garcia, suddenly reach their expiration dates, the answer is surely no.
I know, trades can still be made if a player can clear waivers, but really, who is out there that can really help the Yankees?
No one I can think of. So the Yankees probably can't win the World Series this year.
Is that such a bad thing? I may be committing blasphemy, according to the rules of Yankees Universe, but I'm going to say no. I've make a decision to look at my fandom as a war and at each individual season as a battle. They may lose the battle this year, but with their prospects still in tact and their farm system the fourth-best in baseball, they can win the war in the very near future.