In years past, the Yankees lineup looked to be a gigantic threat. With multiple power hitters down the lineup and great starting pitching, the Yankees had the components to be a postseason caliber team. However, last season the Yankees didn’t have the components to compete for a playoff spot and ended up missing the postseason for the second time in nineteen seasons. Going into the offseason, the Yankees potential lineup for 2014 would look much worse if they let all of their free agents go and refused to sign anyone. Let’s pretend tomorrow is Opening Day and the Yankees didn’t make any moves this offseason. What would the starting lineup look like?
See something wrong with the lineup? I do. The first four hitters of the lineup are great and it starts off as a Major League lineup. Gardner is the lead-off hitter and table setter and it would be up to Jeter, Teixeira and Soriano to score Gardner should Gardner get on base. Here’s the problem: Hitters 5-9 are so-so hitters or aren’t full-time players. Wells and Ichiro are well past their prime and Nunez, Cervelli and Nix aren’t everyday players. Cervelli would make a good backup catcher but I don’t see him as a starter since his bat hasn’t caught up to his glove.
With a team like this, you wouldn’t see many home runs, or many runs at all. In fact, if this was the Yankees lineup for 2014, they would probably perform worse than the 2013 Yankees lineup. Looking at the potential Opening Day lineup makes the Yankees realize–they have a lot of work to do.
The only signing the Yankees have made thus far is Jeter but Jeter wasn’t a free agent to begin with. Now that they have their Captain locked up with a raise for next season (which doesn’t affect the luxury tax by much, sorry to say), it’s time for the Yankees to get down to business and start signing the best free agents before their gone. As they learned last season, the best don’t stay on the market for very long.