This fragile foursome played a total of 227 last season combined. Johnson is accountable for 117 of those games, while Jeter, Tex and Roberts missed time due to injuries.
All you have to do is check out the latest sportsbook odds for MLB to see where the Bronx Bombers currently rank, and it is not at the top of the AL East even after signing Masahiro Tanaka. My guess is this is due to the shaky infield.
Truthfully, no one in their right mind could predict the Yankees as the division favorites with such a dubious infield being compared to the Word Series Champion Red Sox.
You might disagree with me, but at least read my notes explaining why this is hodge-podge infield.
- Tex is coming back with a surgically repaired wrist, an injury that sidelined him last season. MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch just reported that Tex “doesn’t plan on being in the Yankees’ first exhibition games of the year.” Yikes!
- Roberts is the definition of injury prone, and the 36-year-old hasn’t played more than 77 games in a single season since 2009. If, or excuse me when, Roberts gets injured, who will take over the starting second base job? Red flags are a flying.
- The beloved 40-year old Yankees Captain will be the starting shortstop, period. But can anyone say baby steps? Yankees need to go slow here and just hope Jeter’s surgically repaired ankle can make it through Spring Training before anyone deems him back. Fingers crossed!
- A hot corner featuring a player who has made 12 starts at third in his eight-year career, and that is Kelly Johnson. According to NY Post’s Joel Sherman, Johnson was originally signed, “to play all over as a utility man, but he also represents an option at second base.” Enough said. I might sound like a delusional Yankees fan but Johnson’s lefty bat potentially smacks in 25 homers and 80+ RBIs in Bronx bandbox. To his credit Johnson is the only non-injured, sub 33-year old within this foursome so that would make him the most stable. Wow!
- Here are a few of the other in-fielding candidates competing for back-up spots or to form part of a platoon; and they are Brendan Ryan, Eduardo Nunez and Scott Sizemore. Oh my!
Bottom line is it is too late to fix this infield but does give just cause for the Yankees to sign lingering free agent Stephen Drew.
Are you as concerned about this Fragile Foursome?