Happy 2014. It’s gotta be better than 2013, right?
Well, I officially went an entire season without blogging about the Yankees. There were definitely a lot of story-lines, and headlines, during the playoff-less 2013 season, but there was mostly injuries and I wasn’t very inspired to blog about the bunch.
We all know how the season played out and wound up ending; There was injury and under-performance, bad luck and predictability, and there would also be lots of questions heading into the winter. The team would have several key free agents and at least two retirements. Below pretty much sums up how the Yankee landscape is changing, so far.
The Cano thing:
Overall my thoughts are it could have been avoided, with both the Yankees and Cano making concessions, but mostly Cano. The Yankees were willing to go seven years but wouldn’t budge on signing him for his ages 39, 40 and 41 seasons, citing these have serious potential to be declining years. Plus they don’t expect him to be running out those grounders any more than he is now when he’s pushing forty.
Ultimately I think the team can still be built to contend around this loss. Today we found out that the best second base option via free agent to replace Cano, Omar Infante, just signed with the Royals for a measly 30 Mil. Once again the Yankees were outbid by a small market team. Brandon Phillips is an option via trade. You’ll hear mixed reviews on Phillips the more you dig. He’s by far the best known alternative. As of this writing, Yanks seem intent on a revolving door of utility men and reclamation projects at second base to enter the 2014 season, which would be fine if they weren’t also doing that at third base as well.
I’ve always liked him, and contract aside because i really don’t care, he will be a great addition to the lineup. He wont replace Cano, but visions of a return to 2011 form dance in Hal and Brian’s heads along with the sugar plums this holiday season, i’m sure. The short porch in right should help. Choo is a similliar player and would have been a fine choice over Elsbury but I believe the front office chose the former Red Sock for his name as well as baseball ability. It’s a name more on par with Cano. I do think that Jacoby has at least one more, if not a few, 2011 like seasons.
Mcaan behind the dish seemed like a perfect fit from the
beginning. I think he’ll bring some much needed fire and leadership.
Carlos Beltran is definitely entering the twilight of his career. The Yankees will be saving most of their finger crossing for Carlos.
We need all the starting pitching we can get right now and Kuroda helps. Would rather have had Andy for one more if I had my way but I am a Kuroda fan too.
In other news: Boone Logan is a Rockie, Joba is a Tiger, Granderson is a Met, Phil Hughes is a Twin, Chris Stewart is a Pirate and Delin Betances has one more option.