Via Kristie Ackert: Brian Cashman said during a recent radio interview that while he wants to make his roster younger, he’ll only do so if it makes the team better. “Do we need to get younger? Only if it gets us better,” he said. “Do I want us to be younger and better? Yes, but will I sacrifice, would I go younger to make us worse and forego better choices that are older that make us better? No … In theory, I want us to get younger and better, but in reality, that’s not always realistic; it depends on what is immediately coming through your system and if you feel that the players currently knocking on the door are potential everyday guys.”
The Yankees had the oldest roster in baseball this past season and they absolutely should look to get younger moving forward, but that doesn’t mean they should throw a bunch of kids out there an expecting to contend. Getting younger for the Yankees means acquiring players in the primes of their careers, so 27, 28, 29 years old. Something like that. Going any younger than that almost always means getting worse first, and there’s no reason to do that.