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February 23, 2007
A new era for the Yanks?
It seems that every year, particularly given the team's recent slow starts, folks speculate if this will be the year that the Yankees fail to make the playoffs. Seattle Times writer Larry Stone has a different take: given the A-Rod-Jeter soap opera, owner Steinbrenner's advanced age and the club's embrace of younger players, maybe the old Yankee way of doing business is coming to an end.
Here's what Stone has to say about GM Brian Cashman's offseason, in which big-time free-agent signings were few (Andy Pettitte), while the club reloaded with youngsters while dumping Gary Sheffield and Randy Johnson: "If he has done it right — and don't underestimate the acumen of Cashman — then the Yankees have built the foundation for another long run. If they've done it wrong, they will be forced to do damage control in their time-honored manner — by becoming the Bronx Mercenaries to an even greater extent."
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