New York Yankees' Free Agent Acquisitions Need to Perform in 2014

By Alex Chitty
Carlos Beltran
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

General manager Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees have gone on a spending spree this offseason. If the Yankees plan on succeeding in 2014, these players need to perform to the level that they are paid in 2014.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann have rather large contracts to live up to, which can sometimes have a negative impact on players playing in the Bronx. At almost $22 mil a year, Ellsbury needs to play at level he did in 2011 when he was runner up in American League MVP voting.

In terms of McCann, he is a proven big league catcher. But at 30 years old, it may be difficult for him to live up to expectations that come with $17 mil a year. Despite his age, the Yankees anticipate above-average production from the new Yankees catcher.

Then there are veterans Carlos Beltran and Brian Roberts. Beltran’s contract is hefty given his age. However, he is a proven big league hitter. If healthy, he can still perform at a high level.

Brian Roberts is a wild card. Roberts still has the ability to perform, but he has failed to stay healthy throughout his career. Roberts could fill in at second base very nicely for the Yankees.

Then there is newly acquired Kelly Johnson who was signed (pending physical) due to the recent departure of star second baseman Robinson Cano. Johnson will not be expected to produce from behind the plate as Ellsbury and McCann will be, but his versatility as an infielder will be heavily relied upon by manager Joe Girardi.

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