Why the Yankees have made the right moves this offseason
While the deal would have hurt the Yanks in the future, there is no doubt they will miss his production in the lineup for at least the next few years. In Cano, you can bank on him hitting over .300, having 25+ homeruns, and driving in close to 100 RBI’s a year, and playing gold glove second base. No matter who the Yankees decide to bring in to play second base, it is going to be hard to even come close to Cano’s production.
So far this offseason though, General Manager Brian Cashman has been busy. The 2013 season was ugly for the Yankees. It seemed like every week another player went down with an injury. Ultimately, the team fell short of the postseason for the first time since 2008. After the 2008 season, Cashman went out and signed Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, and AJ Burnett. The next year in 2009, the Yankees were once again World Series Champions. Is Cashman trying for the same result in 2014?
So far this offseason, the Yanks have not been shy. The first major move made by the club was signing former Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann to a five year, 85 million dollar deal. Since Jorge Posada retired, the Yanks have been shuffling catchers in and out every few years. With McCann now in pinstripes, the Yankees locked up that position for the foreseeable future. McCann’s swing is perfect for Yankee Stadium. McCann has great power to right field, which he will take advantage of the short porch in Yankee Stadium with ease. McCann should not only help with the bat, but he should be a big help behind the plate as well. He is considered one of the best “framers” in the game, and calls a great game. The Yankees pitchers should be happy with this signing.
Just a few days after, the Yankees were in the headlines again when they agreed to a seven year deal with former Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury for 153 million. I was skeptical about this deal at first, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. While Ellsbury does bring over some previous injuries, I do not think any should affect his play in the future. Ellsbury’s speed and ability to get on base is a huge boost to the top of the Yankee lineup. If I am Girardi, I am batting Brett Gardner first, with Ellsbury right after him. Those two have the ability to wreak havoc on the base paths, and could put the Yankees 3-4-5 hitters in great RBI situations. Ellsbury and Gardner also will cover a tremendous amount of ground in the outfield, and Ichiro is still able to cover some ground in right field as well.
Pitching is still an issue for the Yankees though. Just this morning, the Yankees announced the resigning of pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda is a guy who fills a need, and has proven he can pitch in the Bronx. Kuroda wore down at the end of last year, so the Yankees will be hoping he can be the pitcher he was at the beginning of last season for them.
With Cano now in Seattle, I believe there are going to be many more moves made by Brian Cashman. I can see him brining in two more pitchers, and either Shin-Soo-Choo, or Carlos Beltran. There have also been rumors of the Reds possibly trading second baseman Brandon Phillips. With Cano gone, does Cashman try and snag Phillips?
So far this offseason, I believe the Yankees have made smart and needed moves to help their ball club. With the Yankees, anything can happen at any time. Do not be shocked if they sign another big time player really soon.