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Teixeira’s latest injury could be the end for the Yankees

By: Jon

Mark Teixeira
Mark Teixeira

As I watch the Yankees’ anemic offense constantly fail, I wonder how the Yankees are over .500 and still competing for first place in the AL East. Although the Yankees have had solid production from cheap positions player like Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay, and Travis Hafner, there is a reason why these players were free agents and did not have many suitors. The Yankees hoped that these players could keep the Yankees in the race until their regulars returned into action, Teixeira, Granderson, Jeter, and Rodriguez. However, when Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson were able to return into reaction, they immediately re-injured themselves and returned to the DL.

Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson

Although Granderson may return this season, he will not have the same impact as Teixeira. Along with playing Gold Glove caliber defense, Teixeira is a power hitting switch hitter that the Yankees desperately need right now. During their current series with the Texas Rangers, it is becoming evident that the Yankees desperately need a power hitting right handed bat in the middle of the order. When the Rangers put in their good left handed relievers, they were able to dominate the Yankees’ left handed hitters one after another. The Yankees most feared power bat from the right side is Vernon Wells, who is not starting. The rest of the league has caught up to the Yankee’s lineup who are 22nd in runs, 25th in batting average, 23rd in on-base percentage, and 23rd in slugging percentage.

Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter

Although Jeter may be able to help the Yankees improve their batting average and runs scored, he will not provide the Yanks with the right handed power bat that they need. Five years ago, Alex Rodriguez would have been able to lead the Yankees to the playoffs. However, the Yankees do know what they can expect for Rodriguez or if they want him to take the field. Many people believe that the Yankees are waiting to put him in the lineup because they want MLB to suspend him for his PED connections. If he cannot play for the season, the Yankees would be able to recruit a lot of his salary, which is their main goal. The Yankees self-restricted cap rules are going to limit the Yankees’ ability to trade for a quality star that can lead them to the playoffs. Along with the cap regulations, the Yankees do not have the MLB ready prospects that most teams would want in return for their star players. Although one player does not usually deter the Yankees from reaching their goal of making the playoffs, this year is different for the Yankees because of their lack of quality prospects and available money.

Stats from ESPN.com

Top Second Baseman and Future Star

By: Jon

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

Robinson Cano
Robinson Cano

Although many Red Sox fans will disagree, Cano is the best second baseman in the game and one of the best overall players in the league. For the past four seasons, Cano has batted over .300 while increasing his HR total every year. Last year, Cano hit a career high 33 HR while still batting .313 and in the middle of the Yankee’s lineup. Although Cano’s average this year is way below normal, .277, the rest of the Yankee’s lineup is mostly to blame for Cano’s average. Robinson is one of the few All-Star hitters who has no one protecting him. Instead of having Pujols or Fielder protecting him, like Trout and Cabrera, Cano has Travis Hafner or Lyle Overbay behind him. Cano is an amazing fielder as well. The two time Gold Glover has the best arm of any second baseman, while having amazing range up the middle.

2. Dustin Pedroia – Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia, the 2010 AL MVP, is the heart and soul of the first place Boston Red Sox. He plays and swings harder than any other second baseman in baseball. Although he is not as good a hitter as Cano, Pedroia is a solid hitter, averaging a .304 batting average, 16 HR, and 95 runs. Similar to Cano, Pedroia is a two time Gold Glover, who has the ability to cover a lot of ground.

3. Brandon Phillips – Reds

Brandon Phillips
Brandon Phillips

Although Phillips has the weirdest batting stance in baseball, he is one of the most productive players in baseball. Phillips, like Cano and Pedroia, is great on both sides of ball. Phillips is one of the most consistent players in baseball, averaging a .278 batting average, 20 HR, and 20 steals. Brandon, a two time All-Star, has won three Gold Gloves over the last 5 years. Phillips is one of the main reasons why the Reds have rebounded of late and is a contender for the World Series.

Future Star: Jurickson Profar

Jurickson Profar
Jurickson Profar

Jurickson Profar is rated as the number one prospect in baseball. Although he is currently a shortstop, he will probably move over to second base because of Elvis Andrus blocking his path. Profar has great speed and arm, along with the potential to be a good power hitter. In 37 games this season at Double-A, he batted .278 with 7 homers and 27 runs scored. Profar has amazing instincts as well as a good eye, which allowed him to walk 21 times in the minors.

Stats from Baseball Reference

5 Ways Yankees Can Improve

By: Jon

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1. Trade Phil Hughes and Outfield Prospect for Michael Cuddyer

The Yankees are in massive need of a first baseman as well as a right handed power hitter. After the Yankees lost Mark Teixeira for the second time this season, the Yankees were left with a massive hole in the middle of their lineup. Especially against left handed pitchers, the offense is absolutely dreadful. Currently, the Yankees are forced to put Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay into the lineup even though they have massive struggles against lefties. Cuddyer can also play outfield in case the Yankees experience even more injuries to their outfield. Cuddyer is having a stellar season this year batting .339 with 11 homers (Baseball Reference). The Yankees currently have little use for Phil Hughes as he is inconsistent and the Yankees have options behind him. Since Michael Pineda is about to be called up and after Ivan Nova’s impressive outing this past weekend, the Yankees should be optimistic about their ability to replace Hughes. It is also highly unlikely that they will be able to re-sign him after this season as they want to remain under $189 million. If there is one position the Yankees have depth in their farm system, it is the outfield. With Zolio Almonte, Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott, Ramon Flores, and Tyler Austin in the minors, the Yankees can afford to give one up in order to improve the major league team.

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2. Trade for James Russell

The Yankees have an immediate need for a left hand specialist. Currently Boone Logan is not getting the job. This is evident by his last outing against the Rays where he surrendered two runs, which broke the tie. Although he has a relative low ERA, 2.29 from Baseball Reference, he has allowed 10 of the last 28 inherited runners to score. If the Yankees want to make the playoffs, their bullpen cannot lose any of the leads they gain because of their paltry offense. One possible candidate for the job is James Russell from the  Chicago Cubs. James Russell is having a solid season for the Cubs, 2.22 ERA from Baseball Reference. Along with dominating lefties, he is reliable against righties. However, he will not be cheap as he is under contract until 2015. They could possibly trade a prospect like 2B Angelo Gumbs or a pitcher like Rafeal DePaula or Brett Marshall.

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3. Trade for Michael Young

Along with a need for a first baseman, the Yankees have needs on the left side of the infield. Although Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez may be returning within a month, they cannot be expected to play a lot of games. The Yankees are entering a difficult part of their schedule and need someone other than David Adams manning the hot corner. Michael Young is having an okay season batting .282 with only four home runs (Baseball Reference). He would not be an expensive addition. They can possibly trade Joba Chamberlain for Young. Joba’s value has major fall this season and he will probably not be re-signed this offseason. The Phillies are currently experiencing problems in their bullpen and Joba may be able to return to his dominant form with a change of scenery.

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4. Trade for Yovani Gallardo

Although the Yankees have a decent depth in the rotation, the Yankees can always use more solid pitching. The Yankees could possibly trade for Gallardo without giving up much of their farm. Yovanni has started the season slowly but recently has rebounded and has been known has a second half pitcher. Gallardo could be a solid number three starter behind CC and Kuroda. The last four years he has won double digit games while maintaing an ERA below 3.85, Baseball Reference. The addition of Gallardo would better prepare the Yankees for a playoff run. The Yankees could use him next year as well with the probable loss of Kuroda and Andy. Yovanni will come cheap for the Yankees. If the Yankees are able to get him for Hughes, DePaula/Marshall, one of their talented outfielders/ a lower level prospect.

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5. Call up Gary Sanchez

Even though he is extremely young and only in class A, he could definitely improve the Yankees catching situation. Before the season, he was voted the top Yankee prospect, MLB.com rated him as the 36 best prospect, and Baseball America said he was the 57th best prospect. After a dominant beginning of the season, he has recently cooled down. He is currently batting .270 with 11 homers and 48 RBI. He is known for his batting, which the Yankees desperately need from their catching position. If not the majors, he should definitely be promoted to AA.