Masahiro Tanaka threw 25 pitches Friday morning at Steinbrenner Field, facing five batters for five pitches each. Austin Romine, tracking the ball in the batter’s box without swinging, watched five pitches go by and marveled.
These Bombers are — for the most part — nothing more than mercenaries, hired guns. And they will fire and kill their opponents with their quick bats, speed and power. But will it be all that special when they do?
Given five months to reflect, Brian McCann isn’t positive he would confront an opponent again the way he went after Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez last year.
After missing the playoffs for the second time in 19 years, the Yankees added pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran for a total commitment of $438 million.
It seems there is at least one player who is unimpressed by the Yankees’ offseason spending spree. Of course that player is on the Red Sox — the world champion Red Sox he might add.
You may not recognize the new team, but you’ll probably recognize the result: just short of 90 wins, just short of the playoffs, way short of expectations.
The Yankees officially have a new face. I know Derek Jeter is still here — and this is certainly not any disrespect to The Yankee Captain. But the reality is that there are only two players signed for more than four years and they are Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann.
Hours after losing free agent second baseman Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners, the Yankees jumped right back up on the horse, agreeing to terms with veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran on a three-year, $45 million contract.
When a player says he’s about the money, he’s usually about the Yankees. Except Robinson Cano, who will find himself most sleepless in Seattle.
The Yankees have reportedly re-signed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal worth $16 million.
The Bombers made the move official on Dec. 3, and the seven-time All-Star met the media at a press conference on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
While teams weigh demands from free agents and the market continues to play itself out, the Yankees lay in wait. It appears they have not yet begun to spend.
According to a report, the Yankees have Carlos Beltran tunnel vision right now. With catcher Brian McCann in the fold, the Bombers have put the full-court press on the veteran outfielder.
When the Yanks jump into the talent pool, they generally cannonball in. The Mets dip their toe in the water, and wade in gingerly, trying not to get hit with the droplets other swimmers kick up.
Did the Yankees overpay for catcher Brian McCann? Sure, but they had a hole to fill and they moved quickly.