Joe Torre is an average manager, but an excellent personality juggler. That's what the Yankees have needed for the past 12 years- all playoff years. Further, Joe Torre is a class act working for a pretty fickle, jerky guy. If I were Torre, I'd quit and wait for the MLB Commissioner job- he'd make a great commish.
Unfortunately, I think we're going to lose Posada next year- that'll be a sizable loss. Mariano Rivera is on the decline, so losing him won't be devastating. A-Rod can go choke in the playoffs for someone else. The Rocket should now retire for good. Mussina needs to become a middle reliever, at a high price unfortunately, another Cashman blunder. All these guys gone will mean a bunch more money to spend. If Cashman is still the GM (and all indications look like he will be), he'll probably squander it on some big name guys on the decline. If I were GM, I'd go after the top two free agent pitchers, re-sign Pettite, keep Wang, and pick up a solid third baseman when A-Rod leaves. The 1996 Yanks, my favorite in the recent era, had a bunch of ham-n-eggers who jelled well as a team and won the World Series. We need to return to that. Pitching, pitching, pitching. Maybe David Cone will come out of retirment?
Steinbrenner will probably fire Torre- or they'll work out some "graceful" exit for him. That's too bad, Cashman is the one who should be whacked. No doubt.