Now that the Yankees have been eliminated from the postseason, here is my advice to Brian Cashman, not that he's likely to be pulling the strings much longer.
1. Go back in time and do not sign Alex Rodriguez. Let the Red Sox have him, because he sucks in the clutch. (That being said, everyone who is killing him right now should take a look at Matsui's line from Game 5. That last column that says "LOB" (left on base)? A big snowman. Eight. Not good.
2. While you've got the time machine running, think long and hard about whether Jason Giambi was really the best bet.
OK, so time travel doesn't work, and even if it did, the union would not allow it. Absent that, what can the Yankees do? It is sad to think that it may be too late to rebuild a core than can win again while Jeter is still an everyday player, but it may be true.
There are a few good young players on the roster: second baseman Robbie Cano and pitcher Chien-Ming Wang are two, though neither is ultra-inspiring. Other than that, it's a whole lot of guys born in the mid-1960s. Even Bubba Crosby is older than I am.
So I guess I don't really have a prescription. I guess I'd lean toward re-signing Matsui (8 LOB and all) and letting Bernie go, though the latter makes me sad. But the Yankees are pretty sad in general these days, so there you go.