New York will go to battle with what they have, almost..
The difference makers are already on the roster. At least that’s what the New York Yankees are hoping for if they are to contend during the 2013 season.
It’s likely the Yankees will sign at least one more starter, and he will be a veteran on a one year deal who can eat innings.
Don’t be surprised to see another bat signed, one of which will be a righty who can play corner outfield and the other a bat capable of hitting the long ball.
Close but not quite there
Beyond a slugger, a right-handed outfielder and an innings eater, all on one year deals, New York will go to battle with what they have.
This all boils down to essentially mean if any of the key players become injured, the Yankees will need help from within the farm system.
Campos is likely to start in A level Charleston, trying to build on just five starts before an injury in 2012.
Campos came to New York in the Jesus Montero trade along with Pineda. Williams is considered a strong bat and a good prospect in the system.
The outfielder will start in high A Tampa fully healthy.
As previously discussed, it’s guys like Ronnie Mustelier, David Adams, Nunez, Brett Marshall and maybe even Mark Montgomery who can make the biggest impact since they are the closest to being Major League ready in 2013, but a player like Tyler Austin is slated to make the biggest impact in the future.
Austin, who started as a catcher before being moved to third base, is now a right fielder, the same position he fielded last season when he broke out as a prospect.
All three positions are a need for the Yankees in the future, but recent talks have included the potential for Austin to be moved back to third base (pending how Adams and Dante Bichette Jr. pan out).
It would not be surprising if, by 2015, Austin was at third and Williams or Slade Heathcott (over a .400 OBP in the winter league) were at the MLB level or included in a major trade.
In Free Agency, the Yankees are at a standstill
It is my belief they are waiting to see where Adam LaRoche lands.
LaRoche, though still unsigned, is still likely to go to Washington who offered him a two year deal (LaRoche wants three) and a qualifying offer.
The only way this unfolds differently is if the Red Sox deal with Mike Napoli falls through, since Boston’s first round pick is protected.
Arms like Shaun Marcum, Edwin Jackson, Francisco Liriano and Joe Saunders could be the veteran starters the Yankees look into, but Marcum and Jackson may not be available on a one year deal, Liriano has been awful and may not stick as a starter, and Saunders may get crushed in the AL East, even as an insurance policy.
Cody Ross and Nick Swisher are still available as alternatives to Morse, but neither may be available for one year, as Swisher’s market isn’t likely to shrink that much and Ross is likely waiting for Swisher to sign.
In a lot of ways 2013 is a waiting game for the Yankees.
The franchise is sending off its generation of old players in one more competitive year while waiting for the next generation to stay healthy and surface.
Presently, they have to wait for remaining Free Agents to sign and may have to wait until the season begins before finding out where the necessary depth to win a difficult division will come from.