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New York Yankees are Front Runners for 2014 World Series

Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano

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After this offseason, the New York Yankees are front-runners for the 2014 World Series. The Yankees acquired key free-agents and have veteran leadership returning after a disappointing 2013 season. If there is ever a time for New York to return to the promise land, it is this season.

The team signed Jacoby EllsburyCarlos BeltranBrian Roberts and Brian McCann thus far, and are still in the market for a starting pitcher. McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran have rather large contracts to live up to, which can sometimes have a negative impact on players playing in the Bronx. However, these are all veteran players who have proven that they can produce in the big leagues.

Then there is newly acquired Kelly Johnson and Roberts who were signed due to the recent departure of star second baseman Robinson Cano. Neither player will be expected to produce from behind the plate as the big three free-agents will, but their versatility as infielders will be heavily relied upon by manager Joe Girardi.

These free agents will combine with returning Yankees players to make a very dangerous team in 2014. The return of Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira not only add veteran leadership, but they add depth in the field and at the plate.

If the Yankees are able to sign Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka or players like Matt Garza or Bronson Arroyo, this Yankees team will be dangerous at all positions.

Solid pitching, hitting, and fielding are the formula for success in MLB. The Yankees will have all that in 2014. So expect things for this upcoming season.

Alex Chitty is a New York Yankees writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.