The Yanks still have a rickety starting staff, too many variables in the bullpen, no one to replace A-Rod, an ancient Brian Roberts replacing Cano, an older, injury-plagued Jeter at short and a now-tender Teixeira at first base.
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?
The outfielder hit .296 last season with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs, reaching the World Series for the first time. Now he’s on a team that expects to be in the World Series every year.
Rodriguez had used the stall just to the side of the back entrance of the clubhouse at Steinbrenner Field. There was no nameplate on it Friday and no uniforms hanging inside.
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.
They have their way, and it has generally worked. For now, the outfield improves with Beltran. And that is enough. The way the Yanks operate, it has to be enough.
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.
“Honestly, they were (my first choice),” Beltran told Joe & Evan. “They were there, but at the same time they couldn’t do anything about it. The Yankees were going through a salary cap (issue).”
The Yankees are ready to introduce another big name to the Bronx. An agreement with Beltran, reached Dec. 6, was announced by the Yankees on Thursday. He’ll meet the media Friday.
Choo, a career .288 hitter with 104 home runs, and his agent, Scott Boras, asked instead for Ellsbury money. The Yankees immediately pulled their offer and signed Carlos Beltran.
Sweeny Murti says the Yankees have improved at catcher and their outfield is better. The infield still has some questions, especially with the known returnees Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira coming off major injuries.
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.
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.
Imagine the Yankees getting outbid for a player by the Kansas City Royals. Unheard of, right? It’s definitely possible.
At least five teams are said to be in the mix for Carlos Beltran. But the Yankees are “emerging” as the top bet to land the free-agent outfielder, according to the New York Post.