Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 9:07:00 PM with 1 comment
After losing out on top free agent target Cliff Lee to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Yankees watched as their arch rivals the Boston Red Sox sign five tool star Carl Crawford along with first base slugger Adrian Gonzalez. The Tampa Bay Rays signed the veteran tandem of center fielder Johnny Damon and right fielder Manny Ramirez, making their own bid for an AL East crown. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spent more time repelling down buildings dressed as an elf this offseason than acquiring reinforcements via trade and free agency. The men in Pinstripes are perennial contenders but as presently constituted they are simply the second best team in their division with Tampa Bay hot on their heels.
Pitcher Mark Prior, Catcher Russell Martin, Pitcher Brian Anderson, Pitcher Buddy Carlyle, Pitcher Pedro Feliciano, Pitcher Rafael Soriano.
Shortstop Derek Jeter, Closer Mariano Rivera, Pitcher Sergio Mitre, Pitcher Phil Hughes, Pitcher Boone Logan, Pitcher Joba Chamberlain.
Pitcher Alfredo Aceves, Pitcher Dustin Mosley,Pitcher Kerry Wood, Outfielder Lance Berkman, First baseman Nick Johnson.
With veteran pitcher Andy Petitte’s return to pinstripes yet to be determined, the starting rotation is very much in flux. If New York aims to capture World Title number 28, they will certainly need to add top tier talent to their starting rotation by the MLB All-Star break.
2011 Season Outlook: 90-72, Second Place AL EAST