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<tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">It's time for the Yankees to clean house, including Ichiro Suzuki.</td></tr>
</tbody></table><br>Since 1994, the Yankees have had an amazing run of success, including five World Series titles, seven American League pennants, fourteen division titles, and four Wild Card berths. Sustained success of this magnitude would normally be acceptable to any other franchise, and has certainly been enjoyed by Yankees fans throughout the world. During the majority of this success, <b>George Steinbrenner </b>was at the controls in the ownership box, and since his death, sons Hal and Hank have taken a much different approach to the day-to-day operations of the most successful franchise in professional sports history.<br><br>The approach of the new-era Steinbrenner Yankees includes some fiscal responsibility, although the team is still strapped with outlandish contracts with players like <b>Alex Rodriquez</b> and <b>C.C. Sabathia</b>, neither of whom are earning what the team is paying them. As a guy that has been a Yankees diehard since 1981, it seems unnatural to care about payroll, but this isn't the Yankees' organization I grew up with and have enjoyed most of my adult life. This is a team that is watching pennies and dimes as if they were the <b>Oakland A's</b>. Okay, maybe not to that extreme, but Yankees Universe can definitely tell that things have not been business as usual this season. The team is still looking to shed payroll, and find a way to get to the $189 million payroll threshold by the start of next season. Heading into play Sunday, the Bombers are sitting 5 1/2 games out of first place, are struggling to find a way to put runs on the board, and are still faced with injuries to key components across the board. All good things must come to an end, and my gut tells me the sustained success of seeing annual postseason appearances will most likely end with the conclusion of the 2013 season.<br><br>No, I didn't forget the hiccup of the 2008 season, <b>Joe Girardi</b>'s first as manager, but the 2013 Yankees don't resemble the '08 squad in any way other than the uniforms and team name. The Yankees need to be proactive if the payroll goal is the same as it was heading into the season, and with the trading deadline just over a month away, it is time to call this season a loss, move some pieces to free up more cash, perhaps snag a minor leaguer or two, and prepare for a younger, cheaper version. It's been frustrating to sit back and watch general manager <b>Brian Cashman</b> to bring in washed up veterans try to take up the slack of injured stars, and while it appeared to work well for the first month and a half of the season, these players are now showing while they were castoffs to begin with. This is the perfect time for the team to bring up several of their prospects, throw them into the fire, and see if this next generation of baby Bombers can produce and show promise at the big league level, or if once the payroll situation has been taken care of, a return to business as usual once their luxury tax percentage has been lowered. What we are going to do now is take a look at some of the pieces the Yankees should be looking to move over the next four weeks, as we in Yankeeland prepare for a very long, frustrating summer of non-contention baseball.<br><br>1. <b>Ichiro Suzuki</b>: Re-signed to a very affordable two-year deal this past offseason, Ichiro would make a very nice addition to several teams currently chasing a postseason berth. Not the table setter he once was, he may feel rejuvenated by a change in scenery, similar to the one he experienced upon his arrival in the Bronx last summer. A nice fit for Ichiro would be the <b>San Francisco Giants</b>, who are searching for a speedy outfielder.<br><br>2. <b>Phil Hughes</b>: A free agent at the end of the season, Hughes has disappointed once again in 2013, and it is obvious he is never going to show the promise of his younger days. The Yankees wouldn't get much in return, but the San Diego native might be a nice complementary piece for a team such as his hometown <b>Padres</b>.<br><br>3. <b>Curtis Granderson</b>: While his return from injury is unclear, teams always clamor for power-hitting outfielders. We've seen injured players get dealt before (<b>Carl Crawford</b> to L.A. in '12), so it is not out of the realm of possibilities. While a healthy Granderson would fetch much more through a trade, perhaps a couple of mid-tier prospects could be in the cards. I'm not sure if the Yankees would receive a top draft pick once he walks away at the end of the season, so it would be in the team's best interest to be actively shopping him, maybe to a team like Oakland, who would be more than happy to take on a summer rental.<br><br>4. <b>Joba Chamberlain</b>: He opened the eyes of everyone in baseball upon his arrival in the Bronx back in 2007, and has been an injury-plagued, controversial figure on the Yankees since. When a guy gets into it with <b>Mariano Rivera</b>, you know it's time to go. Power arms in the bullpen are always a hot commodity, and teams such as the <b>Dodgers</b>, <b>Pirates</b>, <b>Rangers</b>, and <b>Nationals</b> could prove to be good fits.<br><br>5. <b>Hiroki Kuroda</b>: Here is the second biggest chip the Yankees have to deal. Kuroda would be a perfect summer rental, big splash trade piece from an era gone by. He would be great with any of the <b>NL West teams</b>, along with the <b>Pirates</b>, <b>Orioles</b>, <b>Braves</b>, <b>Rangers</b> and A's. The Yankees could probably get a very nice return in terms of prospects for dealing an aging ace, one even though he has been stellar in the Bronx, doesn't fit into the future plans of a rebuilding project.<br><br>6. <b>Robinson Cano</b>: You didn't read this wrong, yes, <a href="http://westcoastyankees-theblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/time-to-trade-cano-don-ya-know.html" target="_blank">Robinson Cano</a>. Contract talks have been reported to have gone sour over the last few weeks, and if the Yankees are true to their word about keeping costs down and avoiding A-Rod and C.C.-type contracts, they have no choice but to move the All-Star second baseman. What good will a top draft pick do five years from now? Several teams have made it known that they would be interested in Cano if he were to hit the free agent market, so why not pillage a complete farm system of top prospects for Cano now? If he was willing to sign an extension with his new team, the Yankees would really hit the jackpot. <br><br>So there you have it. Six guys who should be ex-Yankees by the end of the summer, and as hard as it is to admit it, the Yankees simply don't have the horses to make a run during the second half of the season. <b>Mark Teixeira</b> is done for the season, Granderson will be a free agent at the end of the year, Ichiro is a shell of his former self, the <b>Kevin Youkilis</b> signing has been a disaster, <b>Andy Pettitte</b> is showing his advanced age with every start he makes, and even the Great Rivera even though his stats are nice, has more cutters making contact than in previous seasons.<br><br>This is the perfect opportunity for the Yankees to clean house, and start giving the young guys some at-bats. I would like to see players such as <b>Zoilo Almonte</b>, <b>Gary Sanchez</b>, <b>Melky Mesa</b>, <b>Corban Joseph</b>, and others prove whether or not this group will be the core of a future generation of greatness, or if the Yankees need to completely blow up this roster and start again new.<br><br><b>Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images</b>
It's time for the Yankees to clean house, including Ichiro Suzuki. Since 1994, the Yankees have had an amazing run of success, including five World Series titles, seven American League pennants, fourteen division titles, and four Wild Card berths. Sustained success of this magnitude would normally be acceptable to any other franchise, and has certainly been enjoyed by Yankees fans throughout the world. During the majority of this success, George Steinbrenner was at the controls in the ownership box, and since his death, sons Hal and Hank have taken a much different approach to the day-to-day operations of the most successful franchise in professional sports history.The approach of the new-era Steinbrenner Yankees includes some fiscal responsibility, although the team is still strapped...