Good morning all! Vincent Mercogliano here filling in for the next few days while Chad spends some well-deserved time off. Obviously, there isn’t much news to report from the past few days (other than the brand new Fender acoustic guitar that I received for Christmas!), but as I’ve sat back and taken in this offseason from afar, there is one prevailing question that I haven’t been able to stop asking myself.
Much has been made about the Yankees’ lack of moves thus far, as it’s become more apparent that Hal Steinbrenner and Yankees’ management is truly committed to a more frugal and methodical philosophy. While we’ve been repeatedly told that this was coming, with the way that the Yankees’ season ended, no one would have been shocked to see them shake things up a bit. The offense epically flamed out in the postseason, and you know if The Boss was still around at least a few heads would have rolled. The Yankees’ lineup collectively struggled in a way that I cannot recall in the last 15 years.
Now, there’s two ways of looking at the lack of production when it mattered most. You either believe the bats simply went cold at the wrong time, or you believe that the offensive deficiencies were exposed through good pitching and postseason pressure. The Yanks scored plenty of runs in the regular season (804, to be exact), but managed just six in a four-game sweep against the Tigers in the ALCS. It was as if Eric Clapton suddenly forgot how to play “Layla.” There was something undeniably alarming about the struggles that plagued the team in October.
So, now that I’ve tip-toed around the point long enough, here is what I’m getting at: Do you think that the Yankees should have looked to make more drastic changes in light of how things went down in the playoffs? I think they deserve credit for not overreacting and overpaying for someone like Josh Hamilton, but with Nick Swisher and Russell Martin signing elsewhere and A-Rod out until midseason, this offense is not any better on paper. The one significant addition is Kevin Youkilis, but the Yankees are clearly putting their faith in the ability of guys like Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson to carry the team. There is still time to bring one or two more bats in, but the pickings are getting slim, which means the Yankees will likely enter next season with less firepower than we’ve been accustomed to. The pitching should remain strong, but do you have enough confidence in the guys on the current roster to believe that this team can be better in 2013?
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