(Courtesy of the AP)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
Pitchers and catchers reported to Yankee camp on Friday, and they began team workouts over the weekend. In 2 days, the remainder of the position players not already in camp will report and the first full team workout will be held on Thursday, signaling the official start to Spring Training 2014 and the end of the 2013-2014 offseason. This offseason was a very busy one for the Yankees, one that featured a ton of signings and the most money spent since the 2008-2009 offseason. After a flawed attempt to trim payroll in preparation for a luxury tax-avoiding season this year, the front office scrapped the plan and got back to what they do best, spending big to address the greatest areas of need on the roster.
Over the next 5 days, I'm going to look back at the offseason that was and try to give a realistic, objective evaluation of how each part of the roster stacks up. I'll start with the position player groups (infield, outfield, bench) and then move to the pitching staff. This isn't an attempt to predict what could, should, or will happen, just a snapshot of the roster as it is right now, for better or worse. For all the moves the Yankees made and all the upgrades they made to key roster areas, I think we all know they're still far from a perfect team and aren't exactly back to that leading championship contender status they strive for. To kick off this series, let's take a gander at the starting infield.