What a season of injuries: Losing the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Francisco Cervelli. Now throw in the possibilities of losing Kevin Youkilis and Ivan Nova MRI will determine their fate. Personally time for PET Scans, the Yankees need to do one on all their current roster. (Yes I said PET scan it can even detect a pin head of cancer in 3D mind you.)
What could help this current rooster:
1. I am amazed at how well Eduardo Nunez has played defensively. His offense is still not up to par but is improving. Still not patient enough and definitely a free swinger. He is keeping Derek's position warm till he can return. This is his make it or break it year with the Yankees. So far so good and just might be Jeter's replacement.
2. Austin Romine is on the way and will open eyes once he earns Joe's trust. More importanly will allow minor league catchers to advance to higher levels. JR Murphy to triple A and Gary Sanchez to move up to double A. Get these guys closer to the big leagues.
3. David Phelps has earned the right to be the number 5 starter. Of course if he falters then Chien-Ming Wang is very close to being ready to fill that role if needed. Michael Pineda looks to be coming around nicely but more like a July or August addition. Time for Vidal Nuno to be added as a long reliever, spot starter and for left handed match ups.
4. Ben Francisco looks over matched. For whatever reason, Joe does not play him much in the field. Time to look at Ronnier Mustelier. He can play the corners. Most likely will fair better at the plate than Ben has. Plus he will allow Jayson Nix to return to his utility role. With Youk a possible addition to the DL list, time to let the Cuban play and see if he has a future in baseball. If nothing else to replace Ben on the Yankee roster. Provide so many more options for the Yankees. He has proven he can hit at any level.
When the Yankees look outside the organization they need to look at future needs and who might be available. For example Jurickson Profar is by far best future short stop in baseball but very unlikely that the Yankees have what the Rangers want for him. Just very unlikely to happen. Specially considering the rivalry that has grown between the Yankees and the Rangers.
1. Asdrubal Cabrera is a switch hitting short stop that is about to be replaced in Cleveland. He just entering his prime. Often makes high lite reels with is incredible defense. Yet the consistency, of his defense is not there on a day to day basis. He is a switch hitter and would improve tremendously in Pinstripes with a much more proven line-up around him. Above average power and base stealing abilities. He will be a free agent in 2014 and still only 29. Worse case scenario is he becomes a super utility type for the Yankees. He is becoming more and more expendable to the Indians as he is being pushed by Francisco Lindor. Most likely may require Yankees to give up a couple top 20 pitching prospects. Indians need pitching help fast. Their rotation will have them looking up this year at the central division. Instead of looking down on them.
2. Chase Headley has played all of the corners. Had a break out year last year. He slides easily into the Yankees line up as A-Rod's replacement, back-up at first, corner outfield positions and an ocassional DH. Even won a glove glove at third last year. With his switch hitting ability he becomes a true must have for the future. In 2014 he will become a free agent at 30. Jedd Gyorko is pushing hard for more playing time, Padres need pitching and outfield help. Would require at least a top 20 pitcher and a top five outfielder mimium. San Diego will be looking to improve their future very soon.
3. Giancarlo Stanton would be an incredible addition to any line-up. Best young power hitter in baseball period. He would thrive in a Yankee lineup. Most likely his arrival would mean good bye to Curtis Granderson after this season. Surely would have to give up at least 3 of our top ten prospects. Simply put Stanton needs to go. He will bring in some proven talent and future talent for the Marlins. Remains to be seen if Cashman can pull off this deal or even if Yankees have the prospects or talent to make it happen.