• Wow, Are The Yankees Going To Suck Next Year

    Posted by on December 6th, 2013 · Comments (15)

    Seriously, look at what would be the Yankees team, if the season opened today:

    Catcher: Brian McCann

    Infield: Decling Mark Teixera, Can’t Hit Kelly Johnson, 40-Year Old One-Legged Derek Jeter, and Soon To Be Suspended Alex Rodriguez

    Outfield: Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and a Platoon Of Washed Up Vernon Wells & 40-Year Old Ichiro Suzuki

    Designated Hitter: 38-Year Old Thou Shalt Not Pass Alfonso Soriano

    Bench: Brendan Ryan, Eduardo Nunez, Francisco Cervelli and Zoilo Almonte

    Staring Rotation: Losing It CC Sabathia, 38-Year Old Hiroki Kuroda, Anyone’s Guess Ivan Nova, Michael Don’t Call Me Blutarsky Pineda and David Phelps or Adam Warren

    Bullpen: David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, Cesar Cabral, Preston Claiborne and David Huff (Yeah, That’s the bullpen they currently have under contract!)

    The pitching staff is a mess. They need at least two more solid starting pitchers. And, the bullpen…seriously…that group has to rank among the worst in baseball right now.

    The outfield is short a player – Wells and Ichiro shouldn’t be in the majors at this point. And, if you want to say that Soriano is the third out fielder, then you have no one at designated hitter. (And, by the way, Soriano ain’t exactly a great hitter either. To many whiffs and zero walks.)

    The infield? Jeter is done. A-Rod is a goner, if things go right, and you have no one to replace him. Second base is now a hole. And, Tex’s game has been trending in the wrong direction for a while now.

    Of course, you have Nunez, Cervelli and Almonte in reserve! Good luck with that…

    Shoot, the Yankees have a ton of work to do if they want to win 85+ games in 2014. If not, this crew might be lucky to go 81-81. What a train wreck.

    Comments on Wow, Are The Yankees Going To Suck Next Year

    1. MJ Recanati
      December 6th, 2013 | 6:07 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      look at what would be the Yankees team, if the season opened today

      Dumb premise for a post since today is December 6th and the season doesn’t start for another four months. Of course the team looks bad, not even halfway through the offseason. No other team in baseball has its full 25-man roster set, why should the Yankees?

    2. December 6th, 2013 | 6:23 pm

      Still, how many other contending teams have as many major holes as the Yankees now?

    3. Evan3457
      December 6th, 2013 | 7:14 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Still, how many other contending teams have as many major holes as the Yankees now?

      The Yankees planned it that way. Everyone knew they were losing a ton of players (and a ton of money) off the roster. Let’s see where all the pieces land.

      Is this a bad team right now? Yes; yes it is. I figure there’ll be at least 3 more significant pieces added before Opening Day.

    4. Corey
      December 6th, 2013 | 7:33 pm

      I just don’t see who they could add that would make this team good enough to get to the postseason. It’s all about who’s already on the team and if they can another good year in them. And, frankly, I just don’t see it.

      I’m starting to feel like Randy Quaid in the outfield…time to step back from the ledge.

    5. Kamieniecki
      December 6th, 2013 | 8:04 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      No other team in baseball has its full 25-man roster set, why should the Yankees?

      “A little bit of a stawman (sic), no?”

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The Yankees planned it that way. Everyone knew they were losing a ton of players (and a ton of money) off the roster. Let’s see where all the pieces land.
      Is this a bad team right now? Yes; yes it is. I figure there’ll be at least 3 more significant pieces added before Opening Day.

      Let me get this straight:

      The current C.B.A. was completed in 2011, and the Yankees planned to have a 37 year-old third baseman, 38-year-old leftfielder, a 39-year-old rightfielder, a 39-year-old no. 2 starter, a 40-year-old shortstop, a 42-year-old left-handed D.H., and no second baseman, left-handed relief specialist, or established closer as of December, 2013?

      What a great plan.

    6. December 6th, 2013 | 8:30 pm

      Corey wrote:

      I just don’t see who they could add that would make this team good enough to get to the postseason. It’s all about who’s already on the team and if they can another good year in them. And, frankly, I just don’t see it.
      I’m starting to feel like Randy Quaid in the outfield…time to step back from the ledge.

      Since there is ZERO help in the farm system, they are going to have to spend their way out of this – and that means a Beltran or a Choo, and a Stephen Drew, and a Matt Garza or Bronson Arroyo plus Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana. But, they are not going to do it, thanks to the $189 issue. (Plus, signing any of those guys is not really a smart thing.)

      They will sign guys like Mark Reynolds, Jeremy Bonderman and Raul Ibanez instead. Crap fillers for cheap. Cashman will call them his Stick Michael nuggets. But, all they will be are nuggets of crap…to add to the dung pile this team has become…

    7. Evan3457
      December 6th, 2013 | 8:44 pm

      Kamieniecki wrote:

      MJ Recanati wrote:
      No other team in baseball has its full 25-man roster set, why should the Yankees?
      “A little bit of a stawman (sic), no?”
      Evan3457 wrote:
      The Yankees planned it that way. Everyone knew they were losing a ton of players (and a ton of money) off the roster. Let’s see where all the pieces land.
      Is this a bad team right now? Yes; yes it is. I figure there’ll be at least 3 more significant pieces added before Opening Day.
      Let me get this straight:
      The current C.B.A. was completed in 2011, and the Yankees planned to have a 37 year-old third baseman, 38-year-old leftfielder, a 39-year-old rightfielder, a 39-year-old no. 2 starter, a 40-year-old shortstop, a 42-year-old left-handed D.H., and no second baseman, left-handed relief specialist, or established closer as of December, 2013?
      What a great plan.

      You still don’t have it straight.
      And it’s still December.

    8. McMillan
      December 6th, 2013 | 9:03 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      And it’s still December.

      @ Evan3457:
      @ Evan3457:
      That’s what you were saying last year.

      And Brian “God Help The Rest of Baseball” Cashman has been saying he has “until July” to get the pitching situation straightened out – the only probliem is that he’s been saying that since 2010.

    9. PHMDen
      December 6th, 2013 | 10:13 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Dumb premise for a post since today is December 6th and the season doesn’t start for another four months. Of course the team looks bad, not even halfway through the offseason. No other team in baseball has its full 25-man roster set, why should the Yankees?

      Agreed. Recall how successful Cashman’s 2012-13 “winter program” was.

    10. Greg H.
      December 6th, 2013 | 11:06 pm

      There goes the neighborhood.

    11. December 6th, 2013 | 11:55 pm

      Don’t look now here comes the bus from the senior center and look who’s stepping off, Carlos Beltran, 3 years, 45 million, 37 years old April 24. The Yanks have virtually no major league ready talent in the minors except for a couple of outfielders so what do they do, go out and start signing outfielders. In the meantime of course they lost their best position player, Robinson Cano.

      I don’t blame Cashman for any of this, he is just a sympton of the disease, the disease is Hal and Randy.

    12. Evan3457
      December 7th, 2013 | 1:33 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      And it’s still December.
      @ Evan3457:
      @ Evan3457:
      That’s what you were saying last year.
      And Brian “God Help The Rest of Baseball” Cashman has been saying he has “until July” to get the pitching situation straightened out – the only probliem is that he’s been saying that since 2010.

      …and nobody knew just how many injuries the Yanks would suffer in 2013, how long they would last, and how many key players would go down multiple times when I said that.

    13. December 7th, 2013 | 1:39 pm

      Older players get injured more easily and take longer to heal. I suspect the 2014 Yankees will be just as injury prone as the 2013 version.

    14. Corey
      December 7th, 2013 | 1:48 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      Moreso when you take the player that has played in pretty much every game since he’s been up and replace him with Ellsbury (no explanation needed).

    15. McMillan
      December 7th, 2013 | 7:30 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      …and nobody knew just how many injuries the Yanks would suffer in 2013, how long they would last, and how many key players would go down multiple times when I said that.

      Oh, my goodness gracious…

      First there was the “massive ‘bad luck’ pandemic of 2005-07,” which extended into 2008 with injuries to key players, and prevented that great starting pitching staff of Mussina, Pettitte, Wang, Pavano, and Igawa from making it to the postseason, which is “(bleeping) luck” because Billy Beane says so…

      And then there was “massive ‘bad luck’ pandemic of 2010-12″ was extended into 2013 with injuries to key players, such as a .230-hitting, 180-strikeout centerfielder, and prevented that great starting pitching staff of Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, and Nova from making it to the postseason and matching up against the inferior pitching of Oakland, Detroit, and Boston.

      The World Champion Boston Red Sox signed A.J. Pierzynski this week. Why didn’t Brian “The Stalking Horse” Cashman sign Pierzynski to a one-year contract in the 2012-13 offseason to play for a team in need of of-fense and with Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli behind the plate? Bad luck, right?

      with all of those injuries to a team that could have signed Pierzynski to a one-year contract, but instead elected to go with Stewart and Cervelli behind the plate; a team that could have signed Ibanez to a one-year contract, but instead elected to go with Hafner; a team that made any number of bad personnel decisions throughout the course of the 2012-13 off-season that were more responsible for the team’s failure to secure a wildcard playoff spot than injuries to its .230-hitting centerfielder and other players.

      cost C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kiroda, Andy Pettitte, and Phil Hughes the opportunity

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