The roster last year managed to get to the ALCS, Jeter got hurt before we lost Game 1. Now I ask...So who would you have signed this year.
Top Free Agents (not according to Hal) based on dollars. I used Top 3 Position players and Pitchers
Did you really want any of these players? I personally didn't All of them had bust written all over. Instead Hal Let Swisher and Soriano go saving 84 million (and likely 100 million over the next 3-5 years). Frankly that money can be better spent. At the same time Hal committed to a combined 6 years 62 million for Kuroda, Pettite, Mariano, Suzuki (2 seasons ) and Youkliss. I am happy to commit 6 years worth of contract to those players versus 6 years for Zach Greinke at 80 million more.
Yankees are doing the right thing. There is no reason to make a splash in a weak market which is 2013. Let me also add that 2014 will likely be a weak market as well. The Yankees should continue to pair down, build through strategic trades and rebuild.
It seems like every free agent on the market in the past 2 years is an expected bust. Yes, there have been some pretty ludicrous contracts given out. The Pujols contract and the Fielder contract seem like they'll be a bit much. There have been some solid players go for reasonable deals, however. In short, the Yankees are going to have to hit the free agent market for premium players at some point, and they shouldn't be waiting for Alex Rodriguez's contract to expire to do it (or Teixera for that matter).
I'm not quite ready to drink the Cashman coolaid yet. I've liked some of the moves he's made, but disliked others (strongly in some cases - Javy Vazquez - please don't come back to NY!!). I am happy that he keeps this team competing year in and year out. We will be a playoff team in 2013. I am legitimately worried about 2014 though because the front office has finally cut the budget. There's a lot of work to do between now and 2014 to make the team even close to what they were in 2012. I'm not nearly as confident that Cashman can do this if he's ballin' on a budget. There has always been money to fall back on for the Yankees. That's a luxury this current administration no longer has, so everything is going to have to go right in the next few years (if this budget thing is real).
Derek Jeter is a lucky man.
Derek Jeter is a lucky man.
2013 Yanks 28-16
2012 Yanks 23-21
Runs per game: 4.29
AL Rank: 8th
AL Rank: 11th
Al Rank: 7th
AL Rank 4
30 Team Stadium Checklist: 12 to go
1) Yankees 2) Orioles 3) Rays 4) Red Sox 5) Mets 6) Braves 7) Phillies 8) Nationals 9) Marlins 10) Pirates 11) Padres 12) Astros 13) Mariners 14) Twins 15) Cubs 16) White Sox 17) Cardinals 18) Indians 19) Tigers (June 8th 2013)
BRETT GARDNER HOME RUN METER
HOME RUN COUNT: 3