Dec 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana (right) walks through the lobby during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Tachibana has not decided whether or not to allow Masahiro Tanaka (not pictured) to sign with a MLB team now that Nippon Professional Baseball and the MLB have agreed on a $20 Million maximum posting bid. Image Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees acquire Masahiro Tanaka, no World Series is guaranteed


Just because the New York Yankees have acquired Masahiro Tanaka this past week does not mean that they have a guaranteed trip to the World Series.


Contrary to what some baseball writers, like CBS Sports and MLB Network inside Jon Heyman are saying, I don’t buy into the idea that the New York Yankees will play in the World Series.

Heyman writes:

Today they made a big, bold step forward in that regard with the Tanaka deal. The Yankees weren’t going to be good enough before, even with the additions of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlo Beltran. Now they are likely the American League favorite again.

Funny that they are considered the favorite after the Boston Red Sox won the American League championship and 2013 World Series–aside from Stephen Drew, they are practically returning the entire team.

For the Yankees to have a successful year, staff ace C.C. Sabathia has to be the pitcher he once was. Sabathia’s not getting younger and his record in 2013 was affected by the number of injuries on the Yankees roster.

Derek Jeter missed a large part of the last season. The Face of the Yankees is not getting any younger. He may want to go out with another ring but money doesn’t buy championships.

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  • cheney2jail

    Returning their whole team? All except their centerfielder, catcher and shortstop? And who knows when Papi’s roid use will finally lead to his breakdown (he’s 38) or banishment. He carried them on his artificially enhanced back for long periods. Sox are counting on a bunch of unproven players. Ortiz can’t last and Pierzynski is washed up. They should still be good but I don’t expect a repeat.