Keep hearing that the Yankees are dying on the vine. Age and injuries robbing them of vital production. Strong power outage predicted for the future. No immediate help in the farm system. Of course Joe Girardi is the lame duck manager.
CAN THEY BE SAVED?
Maybe it is this fan's undying loyalty that says "HELL YES". Yes we lost all that power but when the dust is settle, the Bronx Bombers will still hit over 200 home runs. Run production / manufacturing will take care of itself. May not be the team with the most runs scored, in 2013 but will be in the top 6. Those pitchers are aging right before our very eyes. This staff will maintain one of the top 6 ERA's in all of baseball. Do not ever forget the competitiveness of these Yankees, they have done it for too many years.
How do they help themselves?
#1 Ronnier Mustelier is a major piece of the puzzle, like it or not. Shown the ability to play the corners. Not to mention this guy can flat out hit. Reminds me of 'Sweet Lou', because of his frame and hitting style. He should become that super utility guy who can DH. Slightly below average in the field but that bat makes up for his shortcomings. What an issuance policy if Alex Rodriques does not make it all the way back from his hip surgery. Too valuable of an asset not to take advantage of.
#2 Trade for Mike Olt. Texas Rangers have shown a lot of interest in Joba Chamberlian. We currently do not have a third basement in the organization that is approaching major league ready. The biggest factor in making this trade is the fact that Texas has another third basemen a couple years away (Joey Gallo). This allows the Rangers to deal Olt. His value to the Yankees is obvious. He should be an above average defender, 20 to 30 home runs, 80 to 100 RBI's and hit between .260 to .280. May not be of much help till he cuts down on his strike-outs. But is that not why Kevin Long is our hitting coach? He can play all of the corners. This allows Yankees time to find a spot for his bat. Time to get something for Joba. The question is Joba and ??? for Mike Olt.
#3 Giancarlo Stanton would return the power that is now missing. Time for the owners Hal Steinbrenner and Jeff Loria to talk. So far the fan base in Miami are simply pissed at Mr. Loria. The only thing he can do to satisfy those fans is to sell the Marlins. So trading Stanton is an expected event for this fan base. Time for Hal to show the world that he is the son of George Steinbrenner. Hal needs to be willing to do what ever it takes to convince Loria time to part with this asset. I believe Hal can get the job done. Specially when one considers it was the Yankees that helped Loria when he purchased the Marlins. Time to return a favor. To me a package of David Phelps / Ivan Nova, Austin Romine / JR Murphy, Angelo Gumbs and Mason Williams / Slade Heathcott . Should get the job done. This needs to happen this year.
#4 Sign Robinson Cano. Just get it done. One of the top 5 position players in the game. If the WBC did not convince the Yankees of his value then nothing will.
#5 Sign Curtis Granderson. If he can be had for around 12 to 13 million for the next 5 or 6 years. This becomes a must sign. With the attitude that Curtis possess it is a good fit and a productive one as well. I believe he might just sign with the Yankees for that free agent offer of 13.3 million for one year (2014). This would allow Yankees to meet future payroll needs and give him a multiple year contract in 2014. If the price tags grows then time to let him go.
#6 Edurado Nunez or Elvis Andrus. Andrus will hit the free agent market after 2014 season. As of now he will be the best shortstop on the market. He should be the top position choice of the Yankees. Above average hitter, base stealer and defender. Only potential problem here is our own Eduardo Nunez. If Nunez cuts down on his fielding mishaps, he basically is the same as Andrus. Nunez would be a much cheaper option. Either way those Bronx bomber would be set at short.
#7 After the 2014 season Justin Verlander and / or Clayton Kershaw will hit the market as free agents. The Yankees need to sign at least one of the two. My choice would be Verlander. They are at least in the top five pitchers in baseball. Signing both would insure that the Yankees would have potentially the most dominate rotation ever assembled. Simply put signing these two would assure the "Best of the Best" for years to come, would reside in the Bronx.
What in your mind would save the Yankees?