‘There's a lot of talent in that room’, but can Girardi put it to good use
It’s the same old club, yet there is something different about the New York Yankees this year. Their manager Joe Girardi believes so too, but reckons it is something that the club needs as they aim for another shot at the World Series.
In his first news conference before the spring training camp began, Joe Girardi announced that there were no big changes in New York Yankees squad, partly because the “Yankees didn't make a big free-agent splash this year.”
Nonetheless, Joe Girardi believes there are a lot of expectations from the New York Yankees this season. That most certainly should be the case since Joe Girardi can’t exactly call last season a huge success.
“This team could win 95 games and get to the World Series,” Joe Girardi said. “There's a lot of talent in that room.
“I've heard a lot of discussions about the Yankees didn't make a big free-agent splash this year [but] I love the people we brought back because I know they're tested and I know they know how to play in New York. I've seen them have success in New York and to me that's real important.”
New York Yankees biggest signing should Kevin Youkilis at third base. The 33-year-old has been signed in one a one-year contract to replace the injured Alex Rodriguez. Travis Hafner is the other big signing at the New York Yankees. He has also been given a one-year contract to replace Raul Ibanez.
The New York Yankees were only marginally impressive last season. They recorded 95-67 on their route to win the AL East, but were disappointing in the postseason. The 2012 ALCS saw the Detroit Tigers rout the New York Yankees in Game 4 to reach the World Series.
“I believe we're still a very talented club,” Joe Girardi said. “I know we didn't get it done in the playoffs, but you can win 105 games and not win in the playoffs. That doesn't mean you weren't a good team.
“There were teams that made big splashes in the free-agent market last year and were expected to win the World Series and get to the playoffs and didn't even get there. There's no guarantee.”