As a Yankees fan, I hate to think what tonight meant for the Bombers. They were plucky; Robinson Cano continued to hit like a true MVP; and Jeter chipped in far more over the course of the series than most fans would’ve dreamed possible back in June.

It probably ends with adding three years and $75 million onto CC Sabathia’s contract, as well as probably throwing AJ Burnett money at CJ Wilson. Because however the Yankees spin it, their plan always included acquiring Cliff Lee. Without him, the Yankees rotation won’t be able to cover for an aging corps of hitters over the next few years.