The New York Yankees have been one of the biggest disappointments in MLB this season.
In spring training they were seen as a team that could compete for the AL pennant.
Instead, they enter the last week of the regular season eliminated from playoff contention.
Not having the Yankees in the playoffs is rare.
The last time they missed the playoffs was in 2016.
Being eliminated at any point in the regular season is rare for Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
According to Brian Hoch via MLB Network, Monday is the 17th time in 4,102 games during Cashman’s tenure that the Yankees have played a game while mathematically eliminated.
— Bryan Hoch ⚾️ (@BryanHoch) September 25, 2023
The Yankees consistently have one of the biggest payrolls in baseball.
That means they can acquire the best players in free agency and pay star players whatever they deem fit.
All of that is what makes missing the playoffs so embarrassing.
Teams like the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles are significantly better than the Yankees with a much smaller payroll.
According to Spotrac, Tampa Bay is 27th and the Orioles are 28th in payroll, while the Yankees are second in MLB.
If the players the Yankees are paying big money are not producing then that is a major issue.
This past offseason they signed starting pitcher Carlos Rodon to a major contract.
He proceeded to start only 13 games with an ERA of 5.74.
Everything that could have gone wrong for the Yankees seemingly did.
Now they should be getting ready for an early offseason where Cashman will have his hands full fixing this roster.NEXT: The Yankees Are Finishing The Home Slate In Sad Fashion