For the final installment of the 2014 Yankees mid-season report cards, we take you to the Yankees bench and the management. How will the two bench players and the Yankees management fair? Let’s take a look.
Yangervis Solarte: Solarte was the feel good story in Spring Training: he spent eight years in the minor leagues, was a non-roster invitee and ended up making the team over Eduardo Nunez. For the first two months, the Yankees decision to bring Solarte up was the best decision ever. However, he struggled going into the All-Star break and even had a short minor leagues stint in the process. He says he knows he needs to be more aggressive going into the second half and he made adjustments, but will those adjustments work should the Yankees choose to keep him here?
Solarte’s Mid-Season Grade:
Brendan Ryan: Let’s face it, Brendan Ryan can’t hit a lick–but boy can he play the infield. He didn’t start the season with the team since he was on the disabled list but he’s been very good defensively whenever Derek Jeter needed a rest.
Ryan’s Mid-Season Grade:
Joe Girardi: I know there are some Yankees fans that dislike Joe Girardi, but here’s the thing: without Joe Girardi and with the run differential they have, the Yankees should be fighting for last place. Instead, they’re in the middle of a race for the American League East. He’s had to deal with injuries to 80% of the rotation but he’s managed the bullpen beautifully and he’s done everything that he could with an inconsistent lineup.
Girardi’s Mid-Season Grade:
Brian Cashman: During the offseason, Brian Cashman went on a shopping spree, spending approximately $500 Million with hopes the Yankees could win another Championship. Obviously he can’t hit for the players he signed, but he has made extremely questionable moves. He hasn’t found a true replacement to Robinson Cano and he hasn’t really found a replacement to Alex Rodriguez at third base. Not to mention, he recently made a trade for Jeff Francis from the Oakland A’s who’s numbers are highly questionable. Cashman’s in the final year of his contract, and with the moves he’s making, could it be time for a change?
Cashman’s Mid-Season Grade:
New York Yankees: Well, the Yankees should be in a better position with the lineup they have, but it could be worse. The Yankees could be fighting for last place with the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. Their overall record at half the season gives them a clear-cut grade but if they want to improve, then they’re going to have to make some changes. I honestly can’t see this team competing in the postseason with an inconsistent lineup and overbearing injuries.
Yankees Mid-Season Grade: