10 questions for the Yankees as spring training ends

Spring training is over, the roster is just about settled, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of questions surrounding the Yankees as the season is about to start. Let’s take a look at some of the more pressing questions.

  1. Can Alex Rodriguez stay healthy? A-Rod has had trouble staying healthy since re-signing with the Yanks after 2007, but as he turns 37 this year he is still a huge piece in the Yankees lineup.
  2. Is Derek Jeter too old? Jeter had a bad year and a half from 2010 until he reached his 3,000th hit last year, but managed to finish strong last year. Which Jeter will we get this year – the one about to turn 38 or the future Hall of Famer that we all love?
  3. Can Hiroki Kuroda adapt to the AL East? Let’s ignore the fact that Kuroda is 37 years old and focus on the fact that he is coming over from the NL West (best pitchers division) to the AL East (best hitters division). There should be serious concerns about whether he can make the leap.
  4. Can Phil Hughes recover his early 2010 form? Hughes looked great in spring training, but do six meaningless starts make up for a year and a half of terrible performances? Or is he ready to take the next step?
  5. Can Mark Teixeira hit the ball the other way? Teixeira signed a huge contract to join the Yankees and his numbers have been down hill each year since. Can he right his ship or is he Jason Giambi with better defense?
  6. Are Raul Ibanez‘s days numbered? Ibanez is going 40 in June and had a terrible spring. Can he turn it around now that the games count or will the Yankees be calling up Jack Cust sometime soon?
  7. Will Andy Pettitte return without rust? Pettitte will turn 40-years-old this season and hasn’t pitched in a year. He couldn’t get his fastball over 86 mph in his first spring game. There is no guarantee he’ll be effective when he returns.
  8. Are Ivan Nova‘s spring struggles a sign of things to come? Nova was great last season and he deserved a rotation spot this year. However, he’s still young and doesn’t have a long track record. Can this guy, who was never a star prospect, continue his success in the bigs or was his terrible spring a sign of things to come?
  9. Will Michael Pineda pitch again this season? Shoulder injuries are nasty things for pitchers and Pineda never got his velocity to return to full form this spring. Will we ever see him in the Bronx this season or was his trade a bust?
  10. Are the Yankees too old? The Yankees have the oldest Opening Day roster in baseball and are relying on a lot of aging players this year. Will their age catch up to them or will they use all of that experience to carry them to October?
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4 Responses to 10 questions for the Yankees as spring training ends

  1. Theboogiedown says:

    All valid points Rob, but I have to say, it leaves me a bit bummed out as far as opening day posts go.

  2. Gonzalo says:

    After opening day: Is Mo too old?
    LOL. Just joking, he is the best.

  3. David K. says:

    As a lefty hitter, Teixeira will need a brain transplant to hit the ball the other way. I didn't like the Pineda trade from day one. I was shocked in fact that we gave away Jesus Montero and didn't even get a Felix Hernandez type back. If the trade doesn't make you significantly better, don't do it. We got a pitcher who got beat up in the second half of last year and gave away our best prospect. Cashman's another one who needs a brain transplant.

  4. Gonzalo says:

    Everybody relax. It's just one game. We'll judge the trade later, It could be in one or two more years. Not now. Did you see Montero today, very bad too.