With Spring Training a little more than a month away, the Yankees have seen some former players slip from their grasp. However, while players have left, some have come and joined the Yankees, making the 2014 season a more promising event than the lackluster 2013 season. But, with the moves that the Yankees have made (the signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Matt Thornton and Brian Roberts), are the Yankees really contenders or are they pretenders?
I asked around on Twitter this morning about whether or not they believed the Yankees were pretenders or contenders and here were some of the responses I received:
@reformedtousen: if they get another good starting pitcher and everyone stays healthy we could make an playoff run
@_KingJulian_: Right now, pretenders. The pitching is horrible and with players coming off of injuries nothing is certain.
@MissYankee: Contenders because they improved their lineup tremendously. We now have clutch hitters with Beltran and Ellsbury. Contenders because Derek Jeter is back in action & will carry the team with his clutch hitting, heart, and will to win.
@secondz2late: We will lead in runs scored with prod from McCann,Beltran,Ellsbury, soriano, texeira. Need to fix the pitching.
@KLG_II: Pretenders…pitching still a huge ?
@ThatKidErick: Contenders. Toronto, Baltimore, and Tampa bay haven’t improved much this offseason, if at all.
As multiple Twitter users stated, starting pitching is a big question mark, but I have personal belief that it’s one area the Yankees will fix to the best of their ability. The bullpen is another question mark but again, Brian Cashman has done a great job in the past putting together a Yankees bullpen on a relatively cheap budget. So what do I think of the Yankees? Do I believe the Yankees are contenders or pretenders?
The Yankees are without a doubt contenders. If they fix the few remaining areas that have question marks, there’s no reason they can’t make it to the playoffs–or possibly even win a World Series.