Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yankees’ Carlos Beltran is healthy and set for 2015 rebound

New York Yankees right-fielder Carlos Beltran had a rough inaugural season in the Bronx, due in large part to a bone spur in his right elbow which forced the veteran to take three separate cortisone shots. He had offseason surgery, has been rehabbing ever since and is said to be on target for full workouts with the team when spring training begins in Tampa next month.

Beltran, who turns 38 in April, was recently profiled by Yankees Magazine and was shown to be working out without holding back. In the spot he says that he’s finally pain free and working hard to put last season behind him. That is certainly welcome news for the Yankees.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Can Yankees’ Mark Teixeira find his stroke in 2015?

The New York Yankees are banking on the middle of their lineup to produce a lot more than they did in 2014 and first baseman Mark Teixeira is a big part of it. The questions about Teixeira are not new; does he have it in him to be on the field enough to generate the type of offense the club needs? And can he find the stroke to get it done?

Recent history says no to both questions. The switch-hitting Teixeira has played in just 271 games over the last three seasons. He missed almost all of 2013 and played in 123 games in both 2012 and 2014. He turns 35 in April and he’s battled numerous ailments since his last healthy season in 2011.

It’s true that the Yankees have a better backup in Garrett Jones than they did in 2014 when the club tried several players in the role. But the truth of the matter is they want – and need – Teixeira in the lineup at least 140 times this season. To expect more is unrealistic and getting less is simply not helpful.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Is the Yankees' bench better in 2015?

The unsung heroes of a baseball team often live riding the pine, and it might not be different for the 2015 New York Yankees. The assumed regular lineup for the Yankees has some question marks, which makes the bench an important piece of the overall puzzle. Did the club create a bench that is better than the one crafted for 2014?

At the start of the 2014 season the Yankees bench consisted of Ichiro Suzuki, Dean Anna, Yangervis Solarte and Francisco Cervelli. As of now, the 2015 bench has Brendan Ryan, Chris Young, Garrett Jones and most likely John Ryan Murphy. Jose Pirela and Austin Romine have a chance with hot springs to overtake Ryan and Murphy respectively.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Yankees set to prosper from deep farm system

The New York Yankees are in the midst of a strategy shift concerning how they run their on-field business. After years of over the top free-agent signings, some with great reward and others now bogging down payroll, the club has begun to resurrect its farm system and combine it with their financial might with a look to sustainability.

The Yankees have one of the deepest farm systems in all of baseball according to respected minor league scout Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs. It may not contain the best of the best players, but it’s grown in terms of the quantity of quality players at all levels.

The Yankees are not likely to turn into the Tampa Bay Rays where it concerns payroll, but there is certainly a new-found desire to mix in young talent, some of which is being developed in the minor leagues.

The Yankees have several talented players knocking on the door, a few more are a year or two away and others won’t get their call to the Bronx, but could find themselves climbing the ladder in another organization.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Yankees' best offseason decision was passing on Max Scherzer

The New York Yankees were seemingly never in on Max Scherzer, and that’s a good thing. The club, from the outset of the offseason, claimed they were not going to get roped into another nine-figure deal with a player, let alone a pitcher this time around. And with the Washington Nationals signing the former Cy Young award winner to a seven-year, $210 million deal this past weekend, we can finally say the Yankees are sticking to a plan with the future in focus. The non-move was their best decision of the offseason thus far and it demonstrates cohesive management and a committed strategy going forward.