The last two years were certainly a struggle for the New York Yankees. In 2013, the Bronx Bombers finished with a record of 85-77, placing them tied for third place in the American League East. This past year, the Yanks finished 84-78, placing them second place in the east. From the past two years, we see that the Yankees have had decent records but it wasn’t enough to make the playoffs. The Yankees have had countless injuries in the past that have caused them to miss out on opportunities. They must find ways to overcome injuries and setbacks that inevitably effect the way the rest of the team plays. Don’t forget, injuries aren’t the only problem that they have to worry about, more than 2/3 of the roster last year was filled with players in their thirties, it’s imperative that they put trust in their farm system. Obviously, their farm system isn’t as talented compared to others, but again, the players they have in the minors will eventually be in the majors, that’s the cycle of every player who enters this league.
Last offseason, the Yanks spent about half a billion dollars. They signed Brian McCann to a 5year/$85 million contract. McCann, former catcher with the Atlanta Braves played well down south, and the Yankees hoped he would do the same in the Bronx. Entering his first year, the Bombers expected much from McCann, knowing the fact that the dimensions at Yankee Stadium could play to his favor. McCann is a pull hitter and that is one of the reasons why the Yanks signed him. The thirty year old had a rather poor season, batting .232, 23 HR, playing 140 games. Most say his poor performance was due to his first year in a different league, and that is somewhat accurate. Brian McCann’s performance here on out will be considered a “we’ll see” process. Time will tell to see if the left handed hitter can get his act together, and play like the all star that people know him by.
In 2013, Carlos Beltran was a force for the St. Louis Cardinals. The thirty-seven year old hit .296, 24 HR, playing 145 games. Once Robinson Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners, they Yanks quickly countered and signed Beltran to a 3 year/$45 million. Honestly, the Yankees over payed for the slugger, considering his age and how much time in the league he will play, the results you get from him from here on out will remain unknown.
Both McCann and Beltran struggled last year, putting up disappointing stats in their first season with New York.
The Yankees look to rebound this offseason, plugging holes that need fixing. One thing is certain, it’s highly imperative that they trust their farm system and give the young guys a chance. If they don’t, well, they won’t see light at the end of the tunnel, resulting in them not making the playoffs for a third straight season. This offseason, the Yankees look for a successor for Derek Jeter who retired this past season, potential targets include: Asdrubal Cabrera, Stephen Drew, Hanley Ramirez, and Alexei Ramirez.
Another hole that needs fixing is pitching and third base. The one and only, Alex Rodriguez returns this year from his full season suspension for using PED’s. Re-signing both Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley is also key for the Yanks, they need someone at third because A-Rod won’t be there regularly this season, and someone in the rotation to take Kuroda’s spot, due to his unlikely return.
Last year’s offseason signings proved to be a bust so far, hopefully the same mistakes won’t happen this year as well.