So, how are the 2011 New York Yankees looking heading into the season? Let’s take a look.
The Offseason Summary:
Yankee Captain and New York icon, Derek Jeter’s new contract negotiations became a soap opera and the press had their claws all over it.
Fans were pissed, some at Jeter but mostly at the organization for the belittling and penny pitching games being played on the Captain. It all worked out in the end, but it did leave bruises behind that hopefully won’t linger too long, but you never know.
That followed the news that Cliff Lee was not going to play in the Bronx, but instead went back to his old team in Philadelphia.
It came as a shock because the Yankees usually get whatever they go after.
Now that time passed since Lee’s decision, it was a humbling experience and a needed one, particularly in Yankee Universe.
For Yankee fans, it makes them realize that not every player’s dream is to be in pinstripes; for the team, they will have to work that much harder for anything they earn this season.
Hey, at least Yankee-haters can’t use “the buying championships” excuse any longer, as that torch has now been lit in Boston and Philadelphia too, and that is a fact.
One resigning that GM Brian Cashman sealed up without much drama, was that of closer Mariano Rivera for two more seasons.
Owner Hal Steinbrenner, who finally took some charge and made his daddy proud too, made a vital move by adding Rafael Soriano to the roster. Soriano was the AL’s best closer in 2010 and is elated to be Mo’s set-up man.
This move gives the Yankees the best eighth and ninth arms in the game, but it also provides a back up in case Mo’s age catches up to his talents.
So, how do the Yankees look heading into 2011? Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: A Few Offseason Notes and 2011 Hopes’ »