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The Yankees’ roster was completely decimated by injuries in 2013 and they can’t afford to go down that path again.
So we have confirmed that 1/4 of the Yankee infield is definitely going to be crap instead of it merely being likely.
Who is the best player on the Yankees infield? Seriously.
That sounds backwards to me... in fact, exactly which part of the Yankee IF won't be crap?
My buddy was telling me that Yankees fans are clamoring for Dean Anna ... who is a 27 year old prospect that the Padres allowed to leave for nothing or close to nothing because he wasn't worth a spot on the 40-man roster.
Maybe he's the best!
So they could have an average to slightly above average offense if everything breaks right, and if CC bounces back and Tanaka is good, they could be pretty good. But that's a lot of ifs.
I take your point, but they had 7.5 wins from Cano
Gentry is an exciting player. I saw his first big-league HR. Line drive to left center that split the outfielders and went to the wall. I looked back at the infield and some guy was rounding third, I figured it was the runner from first. No, it was Gentry, a step or two behind the runner from first. The guy can fly, and should have another couple of good years left (he just turned 30). Only their relative ages make me optimistic about getting Choice (24) in return.
You can't really judge the Yankees 2014 chances without noting that they outperformed their Pythagorean record by 6 games in 2013. all things being equal, they were a 79 win team in 2013, even though they lucked into 85 wins. You have to expect some regression in luck even if they otherwise improve in staying healthy. You gotta be realistic!
Even if everyone is healthy, the Yankees realistically can't expect more than this:
Ellsbury -- 110-115 OPS+
Gardner -- 110-115
By my count, since Torre became manager, and thru the Girardi era, the Yankees are +61 games over their pythag, in 18 seasons, + 3.38 per year on aveage. They are 13-4-1, in terms of beating it, losing to it, or tying it. Torre was +41 in 12 seasons, or +3.41 per, and Girardi so far is +10 in 6 years, +1.67 per.
Hopefully, Bud can do something to fix this before he starts his victory lap.
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