Welcome to the future, New York Yankees.
With the retirements of Alex Rodriquez and Mark Teixeira, the Bronx Bombers continue to drift further away from the original star-packed high-priced roster that hoisted the Commissioner's Trophy in 2009. For some, therein lies the rub.
The club is now looking toward a painstaking process of forming a new nucleus around fresh talent. A hint of that was seen on Saturday, when the Yankees promoted two top rookies, Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin, to the team, who made an instant impact in their debut.
Following years of mediocrity and missing the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, the Yankees are now embarked begin an unfamiliar chapter: Rebuilding.
Rarely have the Yankees settled on cultivating talent through the ranks of its farm system. Historically, when the club struggled, management turned to signing big names like Rodriguez, Jason Giambi and Jacoby Ellsbury.
However, before this season's trade deadline, the Yankees dumped MLB-ready players to invest in some of the game's most promising minor league prospects. Despite Judge and Austin's impressive debut on Saturday, this raw talent likely won't translate to wins for the club until at least 2018, when several key free agents are also expected to enter the market.
So will the club spend less, build from within and ultimately depart from an approach that George Steinbrenner championed for over three decades? Or will the Yankees be buyers once again?
If that's the case, one of the most desirable name on the market will undoubtedly be Bryce Harper. The 23-year-old Washington Nationals right fielder is a 4-time all-star, reigning National League MVP and currently has his club sitting in first place in the National League (NL) East standings.
For super-agent Leigh Steinberg, the decision to go after Harper is a no-brainer.
"The Yankees, in terms of playoffs and world series, have not been competitive for some time," explained Steinberg to CNBC in a phone interview.
With the Yankees' recent decline, and the departure of stars like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Teixeira and Rodriguez, one could argue that the Bronx is in dire need of a marketable star like Harper, who is set to become a free agent in 2018.
Here's the catch: Harper has already played for the Yankees.
Once upon a time, Harper was a 17-year old earning his GED in order to become eligible for the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Harper then enrolled in junior college in his hometown of Las Vegas to keep his skills sharp. He won a Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the nation's top amateur baseball player.
There's rampant speculation that the Bombers are among the front-runners to land Harper when he becomes eligible for free agency. If the stars align in the Bronx and the Yankees can sign Harper, a fresh dynasty could be taking shape.
"They're the team that initially mastered the art of re-loading through free agency and I expect them to spend again and be dramatically aggressive," Steinberg said.
"The expectations are so high I think it will very difficult for them to do a slow re-build. Adding stars to the mix is absolutely necessary because Yankees fans are not long-suffering fans."