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Two huge pieces signed (and it’s only beginning)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 03, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

189Could debate some of the positional assignments, but here’s a rough look at the Yankees lineup after two massive free agent signings this winter.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brendan Ryan 2B
Brett Gardner LF

Of course, chances are Rodriguez isn’t going to be available for at least part of the season. So…

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brendan Ryan 2B
Brett Gardner LF

Bizarre as it might be, the Yankees have agreed to deals with two of the top four or five position players on the market, but there’s still offensive work to do. Robinson Cano would make a huge difference — put either Jeter or Ryan at third base, put a cleanup-type hitter in the No. 6 spot — but it seems entirely possible Cano might have priced himself out of the mix. Adding an impact right fielder — and there are still plenty of them out there — would still leave the Yankees needing another addition, perhaps an Omar Infante type to add depth to a very thin infield. And, of course, there’s still the need for pitching.

The Yankees are spending big, and they’re spending aggressively, and they’ve certainly put themselves in position to have a huge offseason (taking on some obvious long-term risk in the process). But the Yankees are making a splash because they had a lot of work to do. And there’s still work to be done.

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