However, projections aside, the Yankee Universe seems to hate the fact that since the Yankees didn’t get Holliday or Bay or someone expensive and flashy (and a station-to-station power hitter, no doubt. Where have you gone Jason Giambi, Danny Tartabull, Jack Kemp?) Gardner is nothing but a stopgap failure.
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And sure Granderson hit 30 HRs last year. Problem is, he batted a sad .249—the second year in a row his average dropped a sizeable amount. He also only slugged only .453, or about 50 points less than Matsui, or 2 points behind the light-hitting Jeter. His OPS+ was 100 even.
With Pitchers & Catchers less than a month away and the Hot Stove starting to cool down, let’s prognosticate and see whom we think will make the final 25-man roster for the Yankees.
Normally teams that succeed as well as the Yankees did last year don’t perform so much maintenance on their roster, but apparently, the Yankees felt complacency wasn’t an option. The question is now, as we draw closer to “Pitcher & Catchers Reporting”, with all the changes, are the Yankees a better team than they were 3 months ago?
OK, I’m not saying the guy is Rickey Henderson or anything like that. But with the way the blogosphere—as well as the mainstream media writes it—either the Yankees get someone, anyone, for left field, or this offseason is a giant FAIL. I mean, even New York Magazine (really?) recently wrote an article entitled “Is Brett Gardner Really Going To Be The Yankees’ Left Fielder?”
If one thing has been shown this off-season, it’s that the Yankees, despite assurances that they want to get younger and cheaper, do not trust their farm system.
How else do you explain their trading 2 of their top prospects in the past few weeks? Austin Jackson, (23) long one of their prized position players—the centerfielder [...]