Well finally Masahiro Tanaka posting process has started. For a while there it looked like it may not happen at all this off-season, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has reported that the 30 day process well end no later than January 24th. But there are few questions to answer.
Who are the serious contenders for Tanaka?
Early word has the Yankees, Angels, Cubs and Diamondbacks as the serious players for Tanaka. I am sure more teams will get involved but these are the early favorities.
Cano, A-Rod & Matsui how do they play into Tanaka?
Everyone knows the Yankees need another front line starting pitching and Masahiro Tanaka seems like a perfect fit provided the Yankees are very high on him. If the Yankees are high on Tanaka expect them to be very aggressive to land him. Keep in mind the Yankees have Cano’s 25 Million dollar salary they offered him to play with in terms of their 2014 budget. Continue reading
The New York Yankees have 6 games left before the 2013 season comes to an end. If they want to secure themselves at spot in the playoffs then they need to win each game. It is not going to be easy but the players and coaching staff have to think that all 3 games against Tampa and all 3 games in Houston are all game 7 of the world series.
For the Yankees this season was all about injuries, the failure to score runs, and their pitching wasn’t what people thought it would be.
Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Travis Hafner, Jayson Nix are all guys who missed a significant amount of time due to various injuries and most of these players are still out and won’t return till opening day 2014. Some played at little as 15 games (Mark Teixeira) and some played as many as 87 games (Jayson Nix). There were guys brought in prior to the start of the season like Youkilis and Hafner to replace other guys like Teixeira and Rodriguez. Not too long after the season started these two players were on the D.L. Continue reading