How did the New York Yankees respond after missing out on the postseason for less than the second time since 1996 and watching the Boston Red Sox rejoice their third World Collection crown this century? By shelling out practically half a billion dollars in new contracts, $189 million luxurious tax threshold be damned.
Right here’s a quick have a look at tab basic manager Brian Cashman has run up since ending 85-seventy seven in 2013:
- Masahiro Tanaka: $one hundred fifty five million/7 years
- Jacoby Ellsbury: $153 million/7 years.
- Brian McCann: $85 million/5 years
- Carlos Beltran: $forty five million/three years.
- Hiroki Kurdoa: $16 million/1 12 months.
- Matt Thornton $7 million/2 years.
- Kelly Johnson $3 million/1 year.
- Brian Roberts $2 million /1 12 months.
While you factor within the Tanaka posting payment of $20 million, it’s roughly $486 million in contracts, pushing the Yankees 2014 payroll to about $192 million — except Alex Rodriguez wins his court case.
For all the cash dished out by the Yankees — none going within the route of ex-second baseman Robinson Cano — the roster still looks unbalanced on paper. The infield is drawing probably the most consideration, as a result of the Yankees are relying on Mark Teixeira (coming off a season with only fifty three at-bats); 40-12 months-old Derek Jeter (limited to sixty three at-bats in 2013); and then some combination of Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts (192 video games played in final 4 seasons) and Eduardo Nunez at second and third. Positive, there’s a chance that Johnson and Roberts do their greatest impressions of Scott Brosius and Chuck Knoblauch, but it’s nonetheless an infield with holes and harm concerns.
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New York is banking on manufacturing from 38-yr-previous Alfonso Soriano, too. Will they get the man who hit 17 homers in 58 video games for the Yankees in 2013, or the man who 17 for the Cubs in ninety three games?
McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran have lengthy enough track records within the Majors where you figure they should be productive transferring to New York, assuming they avoid the disabled listing. Yes, it’s some huge cash (and, in Ellsbury’s case, years), however from a baseball standpoint, all three players filled immediate wants within the Bronx.
Even with Tanaka within the fold – till he gets a pair hundred MLB innings below his belt we won’t know exactly how efficient he’ll be coming over from Japan – the Yankees rotation is pretty suspect. Particularly, how efficient will Sabathia be – no matter his new svelte appearance – coming off an harm-shortened 2013 that noticed him lead the league in earned runs allowed? After that, it’s Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova, the latter who fluctuates between Cy Younger stuff and Rick ‘Wild Thing’ Vaughn. Possibly Michael Pineda is finally wholesome (notice a theme), however the Yankees do have some internal options to fill the No. 5 spot within the rotation.
That’s saying nothing of the bullpen, which now not has the incomparable Mariano Rivera at the again finish. David Robertson has been a fine set-up man, but he’s entering into arguably the hardest footwear to fill in sports — till somebody takes over under heart for the New England Patriots. Robertson is among the lesser considerations for New York, however that non-quantifiable edge the Yankees had with Rivera waiting within the bullpen for the ultimate three outs is gone.
Because the Tanaka signing, a number of comparisons have been made between this offseason and the winter of 2008-09, when the Yankees hauled in Sabathia, Teixeira, and A.J. Burnett for deals totaling over $425 million. The Yankees missed the playoffs in 2008 and spending all that money provided a quick dividend as they gained the World Collection that October. It’s a decent comparison, although the 2009 signings centered extra on entrance-end beginning pitching, whereas this winter the Yankees needed to bolster their complete 25-man roster.
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Although they missed the playoffs in 2008, the Yankees lineup didn’t want a major overhaul from in 2009. Teixeira and Nick Swisher supplemented a strong core that also included a semi-effective Rodriguez (2009 was the last year he posted an OPS over900); an excellent Jeter (he hit343) along with Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada and Cano. Seven of the 9 Yankees’ regulars hit over 20 homers in 2009. And, for all the money the Yankees spent to accumulate Sabathia and Burnett, Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre nonetheless combined to make 40 starts in 2009.
Maybe the most effective reason to look again on the 2009 Yankees in comparison to the 2014 model are the marquee signings: Sabathia and Teixeira. Each acquisitions were wonderful their first 12 months within the Bronx – Sabathia put up a three.37 PERIOD over 230 innings, while Teixeira posted a292/.383/.565 line with 39 homers. For the 2014 Yankees to emulate the 2009 club’s success, those two gamers must bounce again after disappointing and injury-riddled 2013 seasons. If they don’t, the Yankees might need committed to spending nearly half a billion dollars to problem for a Wild Card spot – for one year no less than.