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
One big move and a few middling ones has kept the hot stove burning warm through the end of January. Let’s review:
Justin Upton was trade to the Atlanta Braves along with Chris Johnson for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and some minor leaguers including Zeke Spruill and Brandon Drury. Upton had previously invoked his no trade clause on a deal to the Mariners which would have netted the Diamond a much nicer haul.
The whole thing was a bit weird. I’m not going to go into stats that say Upton was declining or he isn’t as good of an OF as he should be – there’s plenty of that. What other team traded a 25 year old superstar for a consistent .300 hitter and some other pieces. Upton was a fairly popular pick for MVP last year. Some say that the Dbacks knew something others teams don’t. I don’t buy that at all. Upton must have rubbed someone the wrong way, because I don’t see how this makes great baseball sense. Chemistry is overrated. You know what players are good chemistry guys? The ones on teams that are winning.
In other news, the Mets signed Shaun Marcum to a one year deal which I think could be good for him. There wasn’t a huge market and he can try and regain his old form pitching in an average division in a pitcher friendly park. Maybe next year he can go out and get more money or more years. Why would the Mets do it? Why not? It’s only one year.
Finally, Kelly Johnson signed with the Rays. That is all I can say about that.
It’s just the hot stove season right now, but it’s never too early to begin looking at 2013 MLB All Star Game ticket prices. The weather will be warming up before we know it and if you plan on attending the Midsummer’s classic, it’s never too early to start looking.
Leading up to the start of the 2011 Regular Season, Diamond Hoggers will preview each of MLB’s 30 teams . Today’s preview features the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stay tuned as Diamond Hoggers previews every team division by division until the start of the regular season. Continue reading