The 2012 Yankees ended the season on a disappointing note when the Tigers swept them in the ALCS. That loss has shifted people’s attention from the fact that the Yankees have ended the regular season with the best record in the American League for two year’s in a row. The core of this team is good, no matter what happens in October. The good news is that most of the players are returning. Here’s how the offense is guaranteed to look next year:
The 2013 Yankees will return a guaranteed five players, and if you add Russell Martin at Catcher and Brett Gardner in left then that number increases to seven players. That doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for roster improvements. If the Yankees decide to take a full season of Ichiro Suzuki (.322/.340/.454 with the Yankees) then suddenly the entire team is set, with the exception of the DH, which will probably rotate once again.
If the good news from the above is that the Yankees will return the vast majority of a 95 win offense, then the bad news is that the Yankees are old. Tex, A-Rod and Jeter in particular should not be viewed as guaranteed performers. All three of them have shown a mix of decline and injury since the 2010 season. There will come a season when all three of them are old and bad at the same time. It hasn’t happened yet and since all three of them are virtually untradeable due to age and dollars the only thing the Yankees can hope for is that the dreaded season isn’t 2013.
The remaining players who will get roster spots are no-brainers. Robinson Cano will be one of the best players in the game for the next three or four years. Curtis Granderson may be frustrating at times, but his power numbers still outweigh his strike outs. Brett Gardner brings a lot to the Yankees, and was second on the team only to Robbie in fWAR from 2010 to 2011. That still leaves the DH and the right field position to be filled out, but the Yankees are unlikely to add impact players at these positions.
Over the years I’ve learned never to under estimate Brian Cashman. Just when you think the Yankees are going to war with one set of players he’ll bust out a big trade that brings a big player to the Bronx. That being said, right now the Yankees are committed or should commit to a set of players for 2013 who will look very similar to the players the Yankees put on the field in 2012. That might take some of the excitement out of this off season, but given the fact that this team won the AL East crown and 95 games, it isn’t a bad thing.
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