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.
“I’m not going to get into a media war with Lloyd McClendon,” Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said. “He’ll probably win that, anyway.”
“Last time I checked, I didn’t know that Kevin Long was the spokesman for the New York Yankees,” McClendon said. “That was a little surprising. I was a little p—– off, and I’m sure Joe (Girardi) feels the same way.”
“I know he hasn’t played a full season in the last few years and he’s obviously a guy that has some age on him, too, but my plan is to run him out there almost every day,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Cano is no longer a Yankee, yet we’re still talking about his giddy-up — or lack thereof — to first base. “If somebody told me I was a dog, I’d have to fix that,” Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long told the Daily News.
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 Mariners, who went 71-91 last season and have holes all over, are having all kinds of trouble putting together cash to add complementary pieces around Cano in a lineup that struggled mightily to score runs last season.
The Yankees were hesitant to give Infante more than three years, and the Royals decided to give the versatile infielder an extra year to help consummate the deal.
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.
“We loved Robby. He’s a great player,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. “We made an offer we were comfortable with making. It fell far short of obviously where Seattle was. So, in terms of respect, they showed a lot more respect financially than we did.”
Cano seemed to be next in line as the player to wear pinstripes for his entire career, all set to follow the path laid before him by Jeter, Posada and Rivera. But then Seattle blew him away.
Robinson Cano may have been sincere when he took to social media on Thursday to thank Yankees fans for all their loyalty during his nine-year run in the Bronx, but they were in no mood to return the love. No mood, whatsoever.
“If the numbers are right, he had 240 million reasons why he should go to Seattle,” Cashman said poolside at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday. “If I was him, I would’ve done the same thing.”
The manager of the Yankees is generally used to acquiring great players, not losing them. Joe Girardi sat down to meet the media Tuesday and had the chance to publicly address for the first time the loss of Robinson Cano to Seattle.
The Yanks are still looking for a second baseman/third baseman type and are trying to bring the lineup “back to the top two or three offenses in the game. We need more work there.”