When four of your best every-day players will start the season on the disabled list and will remain there for an extended period of time, your chances for getting off to a fast start are diminished greatly. That is the state the New York Yankees find themselves in as the 2013 campaign gets underway.
Alex Rodriguez. Curtis Granderson. Mark Teixeria. and Derek Jeter will all be on the sidelines in civilian clothes come opening day. Jeter will be day-to-day due to soreness in his surgically repaired right ankle. Grandesron and Tex are scheduled to return sometime around May or June. And to be honest with you. the Yankees wouldn’t mind if A-Rod just disappears into the sunset. By the time Grandy and Tex return, the Yanks could find themselves in a deep hole in the AL East.
Remember this is not a two-team division anymore. Four teams, when healthy, could compete for the crown. The Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays showed last year that they have what it takes to take on the Yanks and the Tampa Bat Rays
for the playoff spots.
The rotation is also a major concern for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. CC Sabathia is a given as far as being the ace of the staff. But after that, there are more questions than answers. Andy Pettitte is a proven veteran but he is old in the tooth and perhaps has a few stints on the disabled list in his future as well. You don’t know what you are getting from Phil Hughes inning-to-inning, nevertheless game-to-game. You can pencil in Hiroki Kuroda for double digit wins if he can stay healthy. Ivan Nova has the ability to win 20 games or lose 20 games.
The only bright spot on this team going into the season is their bullpen. Mariano Rivera has looked sharp in spring training. David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain are on the top their game as well.
So much will be placed on the shoulders of Robinson Cano to start the season. He is going into a contract season, so hopefully, he will have a monster season from beginning to end and carry this squad.
The Yankees traded for Vernon Wells over the weekend and brought in Kevin Youkilis. Wells has seen his better days. I doubt if he can turn back the hands of time. Youkilis still has a little gas left in the tank.
The word Rebuild. Is frowned upon in the Yankee Universe, but with a thin bench, and farm system help at least two years away, that is the position the Bronx Bombers find themselves in going into this campaign. In a year when there are more questions than answers, this could be the year where the past transgressions might come back to bite the Yankees in the rear.