As the offseason moves right along, the Yankees have so far made two big splashes in the free agent market, as they agreed to terms on contracts with both catcher Brian McCann and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
McCann, who turns 30 in February, has a reputation for being one of the best hitting catchers in all of baseball. He has put up 20+ homeruns in each of the past six seasons, and looks to add to that total as he is playing in a very hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
Ellsbury, who recently turned 30, is one of the most electric players in all of baseball when healthy, as he has stolen 50+ bases three different times, including 70 in 2009. He has had trouble in the past staying healthy, which can be a cause of concern for the Bombers, as they have Ellsbury locked up until he is 37 years old.
The Yankees understand that they have to put people in the seats, as their attendance numbers have gone down, especially after a disappointing 2013 season. Is this the way to go if your the Yankees, trying to sign all these big name free agents?
The team is also in jeopardy of losing second baseman Robinson Cano, who is asking for $200+ million on the free agent market. As the Yankees continue to sign more players to fill needs, the likelihood of Cano returning gets worse. Another sign that re-signing Cano is in jeopardy is the one-year deal to bring Kelly Johnson to the Bronx. Johnson has spent time playing numerous positions, including second base, and his left-handed swing could fit nicely in Yankee Stadium.
Looking at the Yankees moves, I do like the direction they are going in, as they filled two big needs (even though it was very pricey to do). They still have a lot of other needs to fill (starting pitching as one), and still have question marks about whether or not Alex Rodriguez will be a factor in their everyday lineup.
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