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.
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.