A week ago, the 2013 Yankees were walking on a tight rope. Their roster, while a significant downgrade from the 2012 squad, looked strong enough to contend for a wild card spot in the American League. The team’s rapidly aging core was still effective last year, and should a few things go right should have been good for 90 wins this year.
And then Curtis Granderson suffered a freak broken arm. Spring training has barely started, and probably the third or fourth most valuable hitter on the Yankee roster will miss around 1/4 of the season, without an able-bodied replacement in sight. The Yankee outfield/DH group was already razor-thin, and just lost its most valuable contributor for awhile.
By no means should the Yankees throw in the towel on the season, but at some point they need to decide whether they want to bet on this team to make the playoffs. I don’t know what the cut off point is, but it can’t be, “never.” This roster is not a vintage Yankee, sure-fire playoff team.… Click here to read the rest