Not so long ago, the MLB offseason was considered one of the most exciting times for New York Yankee fans.
There was a time when hot stove headlines were greedily hogged by the Bronx Bombers with news of the team’s latest, big-name acquisition.
Well my friend, those days are long gone, as it is safe to say that I am not confident at all about this 2013 ballclub and anyone who disagrees with this should be considered delusional.
Now, where do I start?
The justification behind my uncertainties are countless, and this post could go on forever. So instead here are three of the most obvious and undeniable reasons all of Yankee Universe should start to lower their expectations pronto.
- Injury prone, veteran players tend to get injured as Father Time inevitably creeps up on all of us and baseball players are not immune to this. And the Yankees have a significant number of ‘passed-their-prime’ players who are coming of recent injuries, like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte whose aliments all required surgery. Also, ace CC Sabathia needed surgery during the off-season to remove bone spurs for his throwing elbow. The everyday catching position battle involved prospect Austin Romine who missed most of 2012 Triple A season after he needing surgery on his lower back; and Francisco Cervelli who has been sidelined due to numerous concussions suffered behind the backstop.
- Still searching for a right-handed hitting outfielder/designated-hitter, as the current batting line-up is lefty dominate with the losses of switch-hitting Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez and with no exact timetable for Alex Rodriguez’s return. Sports Illustrated reported that A-rod is scheduled to have hip surgery on January 16th, and his surgeon said he could return right after the All-Star Break, so sometime in August. Now the Washington Nationals are listening to trade offers on Mike Morse, who posted a .291 batting average, with 18 home-runs and 62 RBIs in 406 at-bats last season. Getting Morse would be a godsend for this team but problem is the Yankees don’t have the players to make this work down on their farm system. Rumors have spread that reliever Boone Logan would be a fit for the Nats but according to the New York Times, the Nats are going to want more for Morse as there are other teams very interested in making this deal as well.
- The catching situation is meager at best, as the Yankees let Russell Martin walk which I think will be viewed as a huge loss when looking back on the 2013 season. Fans that were hoping that top prospect Romine would win this pathetic battle will be disappointed, as after reading Yanks Go Yard I learned that Romine will start the season in AAA Scranton, and this is a direct statement from GM Brian Cashman. So, Yankees are left with a concussed Francisco Cervelli who spent last year in the minors and Martin’s back-up Chris Stewart. Stewart is a better option than Cervelli who can be erratic and cannot hit at all; not that Stewart can but he had a few hits in big spots last season and he knows the staff. Also, Sabathia likes Stewart and got to keep the big guy happy.
This is just the tip of the iceberg but plenty to swallow here already.
I will slowly address all the 2013 Yankees foreseeable issues but the three above have the potential to cause serious implications if all does not go well.
Oh and the Yankees might officially cancel Old Timers Day as now fans can get that nostalgic feeling everyday in the Bronx. That was supposed to funny but the joke became a tad scary after re-reading it.