This is not really happening again to the New York Yankees, is it? The same organization that said it was not going to spend money in the offseason to fix its ball club after a year full of injuries went back on its word and did it anyway. Not like it was a surprise to anyone that the Yankees signed Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka for an overwhelming amount of money. Those players should have given the Yankees the American League East on paper, but it is deja vu all over again for the Bronx Bombers.
Four-fifths of the rotation is now on the disabled list, while Hiroki Kuroda is the last man standing from Opening Day. Beltran is being plagued with hamstring injuries and a batted ball to the eye, and now Tanaka has a torn ligament in his throwing elbow. McCann and Ellsbury have not been the exact players New York thought it had signed, but they are the two left who have not made an extended disabled list trip.
The mean age of the current Yankees’ lineup is 33 years old, and it seems like the wheels on the bike are about to come apart again much like last year. Instead of the lineup completely falling off, the pitching rotation is going into the dumps. New York acquiring a pitcher like Jeff Francis shows the team is in full-on panic mode, and they cannot even come close to acquiring a big-time pitcher like Cole Hamels or David Price because the talent in the farm system is not there.
The sky is most certainly falling on the Yankees again. Reliance on players like Zelous Wheeler or Zoilo Almonte is not going to get them to where everyone expects the Yankees to be. Another potential season without the playoffs is not something the Yankees need.
New York is a sinking ship. Rental players like Brandon McCarthy and Francis are only going to last for so long. The Bronx is definitely burning this time, and there is no Reggie Jackson in the lineup to save them.