First let me apologize for the delay, as I forgot to post this article a week ago, but as the saying goes better late than never.
Let’s pretend that the New York Yankees got graded on the off-season, what would you give them?
I would hand the Yankees a C+.
Now that might seem like a low-grade, if you only contemplate the amount of money the Yankees spent, as obviously that gets an A+.
But how the Yankees spent all that money, and still ended up with holes at numerous positions spells R-E-C-K-L-E-S-S to me.
Looking at the last free-for-all spending spree back in the 2009 off-season the obvious difference was how well the money was spent.
The only position battle heading into 2009 Spring Training was filling the back-end of the starting rotation, which is not uncommon for most teams.
Tanaka had never pitched in the Bigs, while Cano was their best player and not to mention homegrown too. And I recall the Yankees saying that Cano did not put fans in seats, and with Tanaka being a Japanese cash cow makes me wonder what the Yankees true intentions were.
Another argument is when they handed Jacoby Ellsbury a 7-year, $153 million deal with an 8th year option for $21 million, only to go and low-ball their best player, Robinson Cano.
This made absolutely no sense to me.
The Yankees never went above $175 million over 7-years for Cano, and the Ellsbury deal just proved it was done on purpose because it got done first.
Losing a player with Cano’s talent, and that he has never been hurt is not good.
And instead of focusing on fortifying a shaky infield after inking Ellsbury, the Yankees went out and signed Carlos Beltran.
Also, adding to an already crowded outfield if no more money was going to be spent to fortify the bullpen, and acquire solid infield back-ups instead.
I do not question the Yankees brass desire to win, but did they mean on the field, or at the bank?
I would have given them a C- but signing catcher Brian McCann was totally legit, as the Yankees lacked a top player behind the dish. And I like the chances of Tanaka panning out too.
The bottom line is solving one problem, while discounting a newer one has once again left the Yankees without a Plan B and all while busting over the $189 million luxury tax cap.
And truth be told, the 2014 Yankees season rests on platoons of back-ups starting at key positions working, and many injury prone stars staying healthy all season long.
My guess is the 2014 season will start hotter than last year getting fans hopes up and you can be sure I will be betting online at williamhill.com.
But reality is that unless trades are made, the risk will inevitably catch up to the Yankees once again.