The New York Yankees had a disappointing season in 2013. The team was riddled with injuries and failed to produce. For just the second time in 19 seasons, the Bombers missed the playoffs and left fans wondering what the next step was.
What ensued was a $471 million spending spree that brought superstars Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka to the Bronx. But that’s not all. New York also re-signed Hiroki Kuroda, Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner and Ivan Nova to one-year deals as well as bringing in Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson to add some depth to the infield.
Add these players with the players still on the roster and the Yankees are primed to be a dangerous team in 2014. Mark Teixeira is coming back from injury, Brett Gardner is in a crucial point of his career and C.C. Sabathia is looking to come back from the worst season of his career. Needless to say, this team has a lot to prove.
The Yankees’ front office acknowledged the fact that the team in 2013 lacked the talent needed to succeed in Major League Baseball. Because of this, Brian Cashman stocked up on stars and solidified the pitching staff during the offseason. Unlike in 2013, the 2014 Yankees will have an abundance of star power as well as the talent to go along with it. All of those who thought the Yankees would be in a prolonged rebuilding stage were terribly wrong.
Solid pitching, hitting and fielding are the formula for success in MLB. The Yankees will have all that in 2014, so expect big things for this upcoming season.