We all know the story of the 2013 off season: Robinson Cano left the Yankees to go to the Seattle Mariners for a 10-year contract and Curtis Granderson went crosstown to the New York Mets. To try to compensate their loss, the Yankees signed Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury. Well, we’re almost in July; the Yankees shiny new toys have lost their appeal and are now being found under the proverbial bed due to lack of interest.
The Yankees fans want to be interested in the three players but their performance on the field is making it incredibly hard to do so: Ellsbury’s constantly in and out of a slump, McCann has rarely found his groove and Beltran has become the every day DH when he was supposed to be the Yankees every day right fielder, forcing Joe Girardi to use Ichrio Suzuki and Alfonso Soriano more often. It leaves fans to wonder whether letting Granderson and Cano go was such a good idea in the first place.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes keeping Cano and Granderson on the team would “maybe” to “probably” help. However, the Yankees were turned away by Cano’s asking price and while Granderson seemed to enjoy being a Yankee, there wasn’t any room for him in the organizations plans. Sherman adds that Cano is a true number three hitter while Jacoby Ellsbury has been thwarted into the number three spot due to injuries and poor performance.
If we’re being honest, I disliked the Jacoby Ellsbury contract signing; in fact, I still dislike the Ellsbury signing. I like Ellsbury as a player but the Yankees are practically paying $153 Million for Ellsbury to be Brett Gardner 2.0, only for the real Brett Gardner to have a better year than him (except in the category of steals). Brian McCann was supposed to be power catcher the Yankees were missing since Jorge Posada retired, but he has yet to come to his own. In fact, his average is below .220, which is something you wouldn’t normally expect from him. Although I admire Carlos Beltran’s persistence to become a Yankee, I was worried about his injury history. He ended up going on the DL with a bone spur in his elbow and although he has returned, he can’t be used in the outfield, meaning that the DH spot, which was supposed to be occupied by Derek Jeter part-time now has to go to Beltran in order to keep his bat in the lineup.
Would Granderson and Cano have been a better deal than signing Ellsbury, Beltran and McCann? Probably if the Yankees were able to get Cano to lower his demands, but this is just another case of ‘would of, should of, could of’…but didn’t.