Friday, March 15, 2013

Looking Around The AL East - New York Yankees

The New York Yankees once again won another American League East division title and made it all the way to the American League Championship series before their 2012 season ended. After an American League best 95-67 record in 2012 the Yankees began their "austerity program" and it definitely affected their off season and free agency signings. The sky is falling in Yankees land because the lack of a big splash this off season so let's take a closer look at just how much the Yankees lost in 2012.

I have put each players WAR from 2012 in parenthesis next to their name.

  • Hiroki Kuroda (5.2)
  • Andy Pettitte (2.2)
  • Mariano Rivera (0.4)
  • Robinson Cano (8.2)
  • Kevin Youkilis (1.1)
  • Ichiro Suzuki (1.6)
  • Travis Hafner (0.7)
  • David Herndon (0.0)
  • Curtis Granderson (2.7)
  • David Aardsma (0.0)

  • Russell Martin (1.5)
  • Eric Chavez (1.5)
  • Raul Ibanez (0.3)
  • Andruw Jones (0.2)
  • Nick Swisher (3.5)
  • Freddy Garcia (0.0)
  • Rafael Soriano (2.6)
  • Cory Wade (0.0)
  • Pedro Feliciano (0.0)

Notable Trades:
  • Acquired Shawn Kelley
  • Claimed Jim Miller
  • Claimed Josh Spence

This may be the weakest Yankees squad that I think I have ever seen in my 20+ years of watching Yankees baseball and that scares me a little. With this being Mariano Rivera's farewell tour of a season I really would not like to see the Yankees miss the playoffs, even if he does have a fitting 42 career post season saves to his record. The Yankees kept their guys around from last year in the pitching department and let a ton of home runs and wins go while replacing them with guys who have no business being on Major League teams and question marks. I want to be optimistic, and I am optimistic as you can see with my prediction, but I cannot say I feel confident in my optimism. Prove me wrong boys.

2013 Predictions: 93-69 1st Place Finish

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