New York Yankees, managing general partner, Hal Steinbrenner met with reporters last night in Baltimore. Steinbrenner was in town for the quarterly Owners Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Steinbrenner addressed the Yankees current season and acknowledged that injuries have effected the team, but overall he feels the teams performance this season has been a disappointment.
All teams have injuries, but when you lose four of your starting pitchers by the All-Star break, three by the first or second week in May — it's going to have an impact on any club, in my opinion, regardless of how good their farm system is. That's certainly been a part of it. But we put a lot of money into the offense as well, and they have been as a whole, inconsistent. It's been a problem, and it needs to change, needless to say.
Steinbrenner spent over $400 million this off season on free agent signings. The Yankees spent a combined $283 million on three key players to bulk up their offense. Free agents; Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann all signed for big money this off-season. The payoff has not been what the Yankees expected from the trio. Also the signing of Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year $155 million contract has been clouded my the former Japanese stars' elbow injury.
It just hasn't been the big money moves that haven't paid off for New York. The signings of Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts as infield options failed to work out. With constant injuries to the pitching staff and the chronic injuries to first baseman Mark Teixeira, the Yankees have been searching for an answer, all season long.
The Yankees acquired Chase Headley. Stephen Drew and Martin Prado at the All-Star break, in hopes to jump start the offense. Steinbrenner said that he wants to see better play out of the team and much improved offense over the last 44 games of the year.
"They have to. They know that," Steinbrenner said. "They're professional and the talent is there. But they've got to step it up and they know that."
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