Friday, December 7, 2012
Another Way To Look At Things...
I've sensed a growing frustration and even some anger towards the Yankees this week as each day of the Winter Meetings passed without them making any moves to address their open roster spots. It's unfamiliar territory for us as Yankee fans and writers to see them miss out or flat out not get involved with players who could help them, and it can be hard to cope with. But consider who the Yankees have signed already and the former Yankees who have signed with other teams:
Players Added: Hiroki Kuroda, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte. Combined career fWAR: 123.7
Players Lost: Russell Martin, Eric Chavez, Eli Whiteside, Mickey Storey. Combined career fWAR: 58.8
I know there are other former Yankee free agents out there who are going to eventually sign with other teams, which will up that lost WAR count a decent chunk, and that has to be considered. But it hasn't happened yet. And I know that, eventually, the Yankees are going to make moves to replace that lost production and up their added WAR count in the process as well.
The important thing to remember here is that the Yankees haven't lost anything that's going to make or break them in 2013. A-Rod is still on the team, he's going to be back on the field next season, and he may even be healthy and productive when he does. It's been a slow offseason, but the moves will come and the roster holes will be filled.