2006_05_sgreenmonster.jpgHere’s a little piece of advice for Brian Cashman: make sure to build a real bench when you put together the 2007 Yankees. You would think that $190 million would mean you don’t need to rely on Kelly Stinnett or Miguel Cairo in key situations, but that is what the Yankees are about right now.

Not that their missing players would have made much of a difference in New York’s 9-5 loss to Boston, but a team with those resources should be able to do better. It is a joke that the Yankees have signed Carlos Pena, Richard Hidalgo, Jason Romano and Erubiel Durazo in the past few weeks in an effort to find spare parts for the major league roster. And, let’s not forget the potential for a certain 43-year old pitcher with a penchant for retiring who could be in pinstripes later this summer.

The biggest difference between these Yankees and the dynasty of the late 1990’s is their reliance on stars. Those teams didn’t need an All-Star at every position, they had players who could do a lot of the little things and find a way to win. This team seems more about the sizzle than the steak and now it’s legitimate to question how they will overcome the injuries that have inevitably occurred to an aging roster.

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