Ah… another day in Yankees Universe, as more disappointing news just keeps on coming.
Rafael Soriano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As the Washington Nationals just cemented themselves as the favorites to win the 2013 World Series, and the reason is the new addition of now ex-Yankees closer Rafael Soriano to their bullpen.
The Washington Post reports that Soriano will be pocketing $28 million over the next two-seasons with a vesting option for a third. And let me tell you Soriano will earn every penny, as the guy is that good and will be a difference maker down in DC.
The Nationals were clearly not happy with their quick departure from the 2012 NLDS, thanks to the bullpen having a meltdown. So by adding Soriano, the Nationals ownership is sending a clear-cut message that they want to win now. And trust me when I say having Soriano will pay in dividends, as he is a winner and could be the icing on cake to get the franchise its first World Series championship.
and New York Post, “Is our goal 189 next year? Yes, but only if I’m convinced that the team I see we put together is a championship-caliber team.”
Hal also said this about the upcoming 2013 season, “We’ve got some work to do still. We need another bat. We’re not done yet.”
Ok well at least Hal and I agree on one aspect of this off-season, except that I think an asterisk should follow his above statements because thus far I have yet to see the Yankees act like the Yankees.
See in order for Hal’s financial plan to work by 2014, the 2013 Yankees will have to suffer in order for this to work.
Hence, the reason, for GM Brian Cashman being basically limited to offering one-year deals this off-season.
Everyone under the sun knows that Hal is a “numbers” guy and has made it clear that he is implementing frugality when it comes to spending money on his father’s beloved Yankees.
Here is what Hal had to say:
“All I can continue to tell everyone is our commitment to the fans is never going to change. We will always field a championship-caliber team. Is our goal $189 million next year? Yes. But only if I’m convinced that the team I see we put together is a championship-caliber team.”
Hal does this make sense?
The current state of the Yankees does not have the foundation to rebuild until these big contracts expire but with other MLB owners spending away, big contracts are becoming almost unavoidable.
The Yankees present payroll obligations makes it impossible for the team to win without retooling that costs money.
The spending ways of the late great George Steinbrenner cannot just vanish and poof, and all of a sudden the Yankees are the new Rays. And the fact that everything costs more in New York City has to factor in too.
What boggles my mind is how Hal can honestly think that the 2013 Yankees are championship-caliber team?
Not so long ago, the MLB offseason was considered one of the most exciting times for New York Yankee fans.
Francisco Cervelli (Photo credit: Keith Allison)
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 upon 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.
I am referring witnessing one of the most motivating displays of pure enthusiasm and passion by an athlete in all of sports for the very last time.
After 17-seasons with the Ravens, yesterday was the last time NFL fans will ever get to see linebacker Ray Lewis do his trademark “squirrel” dance, as the future Hall of Famer will be retiring after the 2013 NFL Playoffs.