5 New York Yankees Who Won’t Make It Through 2014 Spring Training
5 Yankees Who Won't Make It Through Spring Training
The New York Yankees found a way to be a surprising team and a disappointing team in 2013. They were a surprise because they survived injuries to the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youklis, among others, throughout the season, to still be contenders until the end of the season. They were disappointing because for only the second time since 1994, they missed the playoffs.
The Yankees retooled in the offseason. They brought in the biggest pitcher on the market in Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka, the biggest catcher in Brian McCann, and one of the biggest players in Jacoby Ellsbury. They also lost arguably their best player in Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners.
If Yankees fans learned anything from this last offseason, it's that injuries can instantly stop the momentum of a season. There can be no way (hopefully) that this team will deal with the same amount of injuries as they did last season, but you never know.
There have been varying degrees of how this year's Yankees team will do. It is hard to forecast in a division like the American League East. Any team can win it at any time. Of course, when you spend near $475 million in one offseason, there are more expectations than others. Hopefully these are the only five guys they lose so they don't have to have another season like 2013.
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5. Brett Gardner
Brett Gardner is part of an outfield that also includes Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki and Alfonso Soriano. That is a lot of big stars in one outfield. There is no way that you can find a way to get everyone the right amount of playing time, and there is no reason why Joe Girardi should have to deal with those kinds of questions on a daily basis.
One of these players will probably get traded and Gardner will garner the most interest. What they end up getting will be an interesting story (what do they need now that they have Tanaka?), but the story is that they need to move somebody.
4. Shawn Kelley
Shawn Kelley had a rocky first season in pinstripes, but he was brought back this season to be part of the questionable Yankee bullpen. He will either be replaced or will go down with an injury before the end of Spring Training. His 4.39 ERA will need to go down significantly if he is going to be playing anywhere in the MLB, let alone with a franchise like the Yankees.
3. Michael Pineda
Michael Pineda was brought into the Yankees in the big trade with the Mariners for big name prospect Jesus Montero. Pineda has yet to make a start in pinstripes, and he is currently slated to fight with David Phelps for the No. 5 starter position.
I don't see a way that he magically isn't going to be hurt after two seasons of being on the shelf. I would not be surprised if we see him sometime in either May or June, but after Spring Training, he will be nowhere to be found.
2. Francisco Cervelli
Francisco Cervelli is trying to make a comeback from a trying season in 2013. He was part of the Biogenesis scandal that ended up suspending more than a dozen players in baseball -- he took his 50 game suspension and now wants to continue his career; he later admitted to his use of PEDs and is looking to continue his career.
The catcher position on the Yankees seems a little packed. With the addition of McCann and then Austin Romine's assertion last season, it looks like Cervelli will be the odd man out. He will most likely spend the season in the minors until an injury occurs.
1. Mark Teixeira
It would be the Yankees' luck that the one position that they aren't deep in is where they would have a devastating injury. Mark Teixeira missed most of last season for the Yankees and had to be replaced by the likes of Lyle Overbay, Mark Reynolds, Youklis and others to try to fill the void of their superstar. This season will be even worse since they don't even have them to spell the destruction.