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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Trouble in Paradise for New York

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Trouble in Paradise for New York

The bad news keeps piling up for the New York Yankees. First, center fielder Curtis Granderson breaks his wrist getting hit by a pitch in a spring training game. Then Wednesday first baseman Mark Teixeira strained his wrist and will be out 8 to 10 weeks. And the cherry on top... GM Brian Cashman breaks and dislocates his ankle during a freak charity skydiving accident.

Oh yeah, some Rivera guy announced his retirement today as well. Thankfully, not until after the 2013 season.

For a team that already had major question marks going into the season due to age and recent injury history, the start to the 2013 season is looking pretty bleak for Yankee fans. The heart of your line-up (Granderson, Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez) will all be out of the line-up on opening day. Derek Jeter is still hobbling around at short stop from off-season ankle surgery. The training room is at maximum capacity.

And now the questions start piling up...

Where are the runs going to come from? Travis Hafner and Kevin Youkilis aren't going to replace the pieces missing from last years 250 homerun team.

Who is going to play first base? Youkilis is the only player on the roster capable of playing the position to any advanced ability. But if you move him over who plays 3rd?

Is it time for Cashman to go into rebuild mode and trade Cano while he has the value of draft pick compensation?

Ok, that last one might be a bit of a stretch, but I don't think it's out of the question to at least be considered.

This may be the most troubled Yankees team that we have seen in 20 years. To top it all off, this might be the deepest the AL East has been in the same 20 year stretch. The Blue Jays are stacked after off-season trades. The Rays are young, tough, and have great pitching. The Red Sox dramatically underachieved last season and probably have as good a team, if not better, this season. The Orioles are retuning pretty much the full roster of a team that made the playoffs last season.

Where does that leave the Yankees?

Last. Dead last.

George Steinbrenner is rolling in his grave after that last comment but the reality of it is the Yankees simply do not have the talent to compete with the other four if they do not do something and do something fast.

Will it happen? That remains to be seen. The ball is Brian Cashman's court. Crutches and all, he holds the keys to the season. It's time to make a move; whether for the present or the future.

 

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