The New York Yankees have definitively decided to make the playoffs next year after missing the postseason in this campaign.
After striking out mega-deals for coveted free agents Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann, the Yankees made another move and inked a three-year, $45 million deal for former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran.
The arrival of Beltran should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the transactions in the MLB. Beltran already stated that he wanted to play for the Bronx Bombers, and he already tried to sign with the team before, but an agreement was never reached. The 36 year old will spend time in a corner outfield, and he can also DH, something that suits him better due to his age.
The moves the Yankees have made so far are clearly indicating they want to win now. Despite losing Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners, Beltran and Ellsbury are a massive outfield upgrade, and McCann is one of the best catchers in the game. The three also add power and it wouldn’t be strange to see their power numbers increase due to the way Yankee Stadium is set up, especially with the short porch section in right field.
While it’s true that the Yankees have forfeited their first-round and supplemental first-round picks with their recent moves, they are staying true to their philosophy. The organization has definitively decided to make some noise in 2014, and adding Beltran is a huge step in the right direction.