• Are The Yankees Going To Suck This Year?

    Posted by on January 1st, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Back on December 6th, I said “Wow, Are The Yankees Going To Suck Next Year” and shared the following:

    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.

    Well, the Yankees have made a few moves – and we can now update what their team will look like, as of this moment:

    Catcher: Brian McCann

    Infield: Decling Mark Teixera, I Make Youkilis Look Healthy Brian Roberts, 40-Year Old One-Legged Derek Jeter, and Soon To Be Suspended Alex Rodriguez

    Outfield: Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Sore-Kneed Carols Beltran

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

    Bench: Brendan Ryan, “Eduardo Nunez or Kelly Johnson,” Francisco Cervelli and “Washed Up Vernon Wells or 40-Year Old Ichiro Suzuki”

    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 Matt Thornton

    So, you tell me? How are the Yankees looking for 2014 with Spring Training opening up next month?

    Their pitching and infield still looks like a train wreck, to me. In fact, there’s a good chance that an infield of Teixera-Johnson-Ryan-Nunez gets more games than the one I have out-lined above. As far as the starting rotation, this one reminds me of 2008. And, we know how well that one worked out. Now, a great bullpen can help out a weak rotation. But, is Kelly, Cabral, Claiborne and Thornton a great bullpen?

    Back in December, when I looked at the roster, I thought the Yankees would be lucky to go 81-81 in 2014. Now, I will upgrade that to 85-77 thanks to the Beltran addition. But, that’s as high as I can go…until the Yankees get some more pitching and another infielder who can actually hit.

    Comments on Are The Yankees Going To Suck This Year?

    1. redbug
      January 1st, 2014 | 2:16 pm

      You continue to assume Jeter won’t be a regular, and one that can’t “actually hit’. I continue to disagree.

      I agree the Yankees need another starter.

      As far as the pen, I think Robertson will do fine. The rest of them? Who knows. The only time I can recall it was worth paying for someone other than a closer was Soriano, and that was by luck. He came in handy when Mo got hurt.

      As far as position players, yes no all stars at 2nd or 3rd. But, good defense at 3rd, and adequate at 2nd. Assuming they keep Gardner, their outfield is much improved. So is catcher.

      So, if they can get another starter, someone who can win 12 to 15 starts, and I’m right about Jeter, I’ll add 5 wins to your total to 90.

    2. January 1st, 2014 | 2:46 pm

      redbug wrote:

      You continue to assume Jeter won’t be a regular, and one that can’t “actually hit’. I continue to disagree.

      It’s the age and the ankle.

      That said, I firmly believe that Jeter is one of the greatest right-handed average hitters in the modern era of the game. And, even though he is old, I could see him hitting .290.

      But, the ankle is a problem. Did you see him trying to move around last year? The injury was VERY serious. And, you just don’t see players his age come back from that type of injury and be back to 100%. And, if he can’t move around, then he has to be a DH. Yet, the Yankees already have a bunch of guys who need that DH slot.

      Best case? And, I pray for this – as a Yankees fan – is that A-Rod gets suspended and Jeter raises his hand and offers to play 3B this season. Then, Ryan can play SS and catch everything on the left side of the infield. If this happens, I believe that Jeter could play, not take the pounding of SS, field grounders at 3B, and be a useful two hitter in the line-up. But, I will believe it when I see it…because Derek’s pride/ego will never let him raise the white flag on playing SS.

    3. Evan3457
      January 3rd, 2014 | 12:27 am

      So you now see them as a 85 win team. If they add Tanaka, are they an 88-win team?
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      Jeter’s situation is worrying, but one thing he absolutely lives to do is prove everybody wrong whenever they doubt him. If anyone can do it at age 40, it’ll be somebody like Jeter.

    4. Kamieniecki
      January 3rd, 2014 | 10:21 am

      For a $200 million team, or a team with the second-highest payroll in M.L.B., they’ll suck…

      The Yankees will sign Tanaka, but Tanaka Sabathia, and Kuroda won’t be enough for a second pennant since 2005. And there are question marks at almost every position. Team Cashman is not going to see production from a 38-year old Alfonso Guilleard Soriano like the production it saw from him Aug.-Oct., 2013, Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury has averaged only 102 games played for his entire career, and then there’s the infield, starting rotation, bullpen, and bench…

      However, if Hal Steinbrenner is satisfied with only playoff appearances, and will give Brian Cashman one of the top payrolls in baseball to work with each year, then a second A.L. pennant before the year 2025 looks promising…

    5. McMillan
      January 3rd, 2014 | 1:27 pm

      Kamieniecki wrote:

      The Yankees will sign Tanaka…

      Cashman had his “top lieutenant” scout Tanaka personally…

      It’s amazing that a team can spend $2.0-2.25 Billion on the highest payrolls in baseball 2005-13, and: win only one pennant 2005-13 and be in a position of desperation to sign a starting pitcher to make the playoffs or not suck in 2014. Amazing.

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