The winning ways of the Bronx Bombers will finally come to an abrupt halt in 2013 as the team looks more like a geriatric ward than a baseball team. The New York Yankees will spiral to the cellar of the American League East and there is nothing Manager Joe Girardi will be able to do to prevent it.
The Yankees stood pat this offseason passing up on all the marquee free agents signings opting for bargain basement players like Juan Rivera, Travis Hafner and most recently Ben Francisco. Both players are better suited for a utility role as previous teams have used them in the past.
The Yankees signed the aging Kevin Youkilis who hasn’t been the same offensive player since 2009. Youkilis is off to a horrendous start this spring batting .154 in six games.
The pitching staff is battered with the recent injury to Phil Hughes who is recovering from a bulging disc in his back. Michael Pineda still hasn’t thrown in a Grapefruit League game as he forges forward to a return.
All-Star Curtis Granderson will miss the first month of the season with a broken forearm suffered in a preseason game against the Toronto Blue Jays. First baseman Mark Teixeira was forced to pull out of the World Baseball Classic with a right forearm strain and will be behind schedule. All this compiled with the most hated man in sports, Alex Rodriguez, being shelved for an indefinite period.
The Evil Empire is already lacking a ton of power this season due to the offseason losses of Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones and will now have to compensate for the rash of recent injuries.
Teams in the American League East have all progressed while the Yankees and Boston Red Sox have both relapsed taking steps back.
It’s a great time to be a baseball fan when the Yankees and Red Sox are battling for the basement of their division. Yankees finish last in the east: Bank on it!
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.