Here we are early on in the season and the Yankees are already short handed. Injuries are abounding in the infield and no worthy reinforcements are to be found. Then again, is this really a surprise? I consider myself a pragmatist, or at least strive toward that. In that regard, I thought the Yankees off season involved some nice additions but with all the money spent, the Yankees remained woefully and unacceptably thin in the infield. To the latter, while some agreed with me, others proclaimed that I was too pessimistic, whereby it was stated in essence, why assume the worst? However, what most people failed to realize is, it was not the worst that was being assumed but rather the norm. Fast forward only incrementally and the Yankees infield is already going toward the norm. Mark Teixeira, Brian Roberts and Francisco Cervelli have been hurt more than healthy in recent years. To expect them to be hurt is not being negative so much as it is assuming the norm. To that end, my issue remains that the Yankees assembled this infield, like they largely did last year's team, with the hope of achieving the improbable. Take these issues together with the fact that the Yankees knew Derek Jeter was coming off a season long injury while already past his prime and the Yankees were begging for some eerie similarities to what plagued them last year.
Granted, the season is early on and things could turn around. However, that possibility does not negate the fact that the Yankees, regardless of what explanation a person might want to embrace, came into this season woefully thin and poorly constructed with respect to the infield. I still hold out hope that, over the course of the season, the Yankees find a way to infuse this team with at least one young infield talent that could anchor the team for years to come. Obviously, a hot season by some minor leaguers who represent surplus for the Yankees could help toward that end as the same was certainly at least an impediment to making deals that could have improved the team prior to this season. Nonetheless, I for one do not just want to sit there and hope that the Yankees will wait until next off season to overspend on an infielder free agent on the wrong side of 30. Even healthy, I do not think any Yankee fan loves the construct of this infield but for Brian McCann.
Am I the only one who does not want to see this issue play out as is? If the Yankees could acquire Nick Franklin or some other higher end middle infielder, would not the Yankees be served better by doing so than waiting to possibly sign Hanley Ramirez and/or J.J. Hardy, especially knowing that the Yankees might need to replace every infield position next year except for catcher?