For today’s team preview, you’re in for a real treat. The team is the New York Yankees, always relevant and at the forefront of the baseball universe. This preview is extra special because it’s written by one of our favorite baseball writers on the internet: William Tasker, also known as The Flagrant Fan. You can follow William on twitter here for some great baseball takes and reads all season long. William gives us an excellent perspective being that he is a die-hard Yankees fan.
Every single projection system on the planet seems to calculate the 2014 New York Yankees to finish with 83 wins. And that is somewhat understandable since huge question marks abound concerning the infield, the bullpen and CC Sabathia. But what if those concerns are unfounded? This is a team that can win 93 games just as easily as it wins 83.
Manager Joe Girardi has had a very successful Spring Training. With a team stacked with injury risk, the only major concern has been time missed by Jacoby Ellsbury with a calf strain. Of cource, the newly acquired center fielder is one of those injury risks as he has had problems staying on the field in the past. Otherwise, others who have caused great concern have looked healthy. Let’s go over that list quickly. Continue reading New York Yankees 2014 Team Preview→
Since last week we gave the award to a hot starter. we’ll turn our attention to the Icy side. The New York Yankees find themselves in first place , partially thanks to a pitching staff that ranks 3rd in the AL in ERA. Well, that rank could probably be better if not for the recent starts from CC Sabathia. Over the last week, he has given up 11 runs and comes close to posting a 9.00 ERA. His ERA for the season is still quite respectable but these kind of outings against AL East opponents is not a recipe for success. He managed a no decision against the Orioles, but only K’d 2 while giving up 11 hits and actually had a lower game score than when he gave up 7 runs in 7 innings to the Rays. Yikes. Sabathia is one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball, but if you’re a Yankees fan or you own him in fantasy, he drove you crazy this week.
Is it bad that this is what I think of when I think of the typical Yankees fan? 27 rangz yo. I don’t even dislike the Yankees. This is just what happens when your the team everybody loves to hate and even file and win a lawsuit claiming that only your team can be called the evil empire. For years the Yankees rode a huge TV contract to massive free agent signings, although many of the key players during their late 90’s World Series runs were home grown, and drew the ire of many sports fans that felt like they bought wins and rings. I never really thought you can blame them for playing the pocket aces they were dealt. These are the new Yankees though. they haven’t really had a recent huge signing after Mark Texiera and CC Sabathia, their best current player, Robinson Cano, is home grown, and they’ve even vowed to get below the $189M luxury tax cap. If anything, the Dodgers, are the new Yankees. As the try to pare payroll back, they face the reality that their high priced veterans are getting old – they still owe Alex Rodriguez over $100M dollars – and they don’t have a excess of young talent to fill those voids. I don’t know if they’ll get back to their spendy ways to fill those spots or if they’ll suffer a few worse years in order to restock for another 5-6 year run of dominance. Those are long term questions, and we can only talk semi-intelligently about this year.
So what does a “light” offseason for the Yankees look like?
Major Off-Season Moves:
Signed 3B Kevin Youkilis
Signed DH Travis Hafner
Resigned SP Hiroki Kuroda
Resigned SP Andy Pettitte
The Youkilis signing turned a few heads since all fans think a long time Red Sox player would hate the Yankees and never sign – right Johnny Damon? Youk still swings a nice bat will be serviceable at 3B. This is a good 1 yr signing. I think taking a chance on Hafner is good idea. The Yankees lost some nice production from Nick Swisher and Hafner will fill that power gap some. (You know, as long as e can play more than 20 games) the Kuroda and Pettitte signings were absolutely necessary to fill out the rotation with some quality arms. If they hadn’t. they would be looking at signing a free agent and potentially giving up a draft pick – hello Kyle Lohse. Some of the bigger off season moves were the ones the Yankees didn’t make. They let Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano – players that had very good years – walk because they both wanted bigger money long term deals. The Yankees were not going to make that commitment.
Voting has gone the way of the All-Star game, and if you have a twitter account it’s fairly simple. You just have to release a tweet into the cyberworld stating “#MLB13HARPER” to cast a vote for Harper.
It’s already the greatest video game on the planet, let alone baseball game ever made. Producers of The Show have again pulled out all the stops in not only aligning themselves with MLB.com but ensuring that whoever ends up on the cover will assuredly be one of the game’s most rising stars.
And although we wouldn’t mind seeing Cutch, Miggy, Posey, or even Braun on the cover; no one makes more sense from a marketability standpoint than that of Harper.