The road back to the postseason started at this year’s winter meetings in Nashville and the retooling has begun, but it is far from complete.
What was the Yankees biggest need going into the winter? A starting pitcher? Certainly, but it was essential the Yankees found younger, more athletic position players as well.
The Yankees need to be a younger baseball team. They were able to acquire a 26-year-old second basemen in Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs. A player that makes perfect sense for the team not only in 2016, but for years to come.
Second base was really the only position the Yankees could address in the offseason considering their lack of roster flexibility, and the move makes all the sense in the world.
Castro came alive for the Cubbies in the final two months of the season and has made the All-Star team three times in his tenure with Chicago.
The Yankees gave up a quality reliever in Adam Warren, but it’s worth the cost.
I love the fact that the Yankees acquired two young, athletic, cost efficient players in both Castro and Aaron Hicks, who was acquired last month from the Minnesota Twins.
However, the work is far from over for Brian Cashman. The Yankees GM needs to desperately add a starting pitcher to a team that needs one in the worst way.
Not only does Cashman need to find a starting pitcher, they’ll need to add a lefty reliever after foolishly trading Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers.
It’s time to get creative, and Cashman has a track record for striking gold in those sort of deals.
It’s no secret, the Mets wanted to sign Ben Zobrist. In fact, I wanted the Mets to sign Ben Zobrist.
It didn’t happen, so instead of sulking, the Mets went to work in retooling their infield.
I love the trade of Jonathan Niese for Pittsburgh Pirates second basemen Neil Walker.
Walker, has been Mr. Consistency the last few years, and he’ll provide something that Daniel Murphy did not over the last few years: solid defense at the position.
Walker has put up similar numbers to Murphy and has all the makings of being a perfect fit since he’s played on winning teams over the last few years in Pittsburgh.
Not only did the Mets trade for Walker, they actually acquired a legitimate big league shortstop. Stop the presses!
Asdrubal Cabrera is a professional; he can field the position, he’ll help the Mets in 2016.
Now here’s the bad news: the Mets still need a big bat in the absolute worst way.
Second-half standout Yoenis Cespedes is still a free agent, but will the Mets be willing to up the ante?
At the right price, you bring Cespedes, but it’s well known that Mets GM Sandy Alderson was reluctant to trade for him to begin with.
The big bat doesn’t have to be Cespedes, but the big bat is an absolute must.
The winter meetings were a nice start, but for both Brian Cashman and Sandy Alderson, the work has just begun.
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