An Early Look at the 2014 New York Yankees Lineup

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The Winter Meetings are in full swing, but we are starting to gain an understanding of where pieces are fitting in the Yankees lineup.  The Yankees have added Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Kelly Johnson in the last few weeks, and all figure to be starters.  While we are not sure who will be playing third base, or second if  Johnson shifts over, we can make a pretty strong estimation of how the everyday lineup is going to look.  One thing is certain, this lineup looks a lot better than last year’s.

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
  2. Derek Jeter SS
  3. Carlos Beltran RF
  4. Mark Teixeira 1B
  5. Brian McCann C
  6. Alfonso Soriano DH
  7. 3B to be named later
  8. Kelly Johnson 2B
  9. Brett Gardner LF

The day after we signed  Ellsbury, I had him hitting third in the lineup, with Gardner leading off.  While I still think Jacoby could make a great 3-hole hitter, but the addition of Beltran moves both Ellsbury and Gardner into other spots in the order they are used to.  Of course, this lineup depends on what the Yankees to do plug third base.  If Alex Rodriguez wins his appeal and can play next season, he may actually slide into the 7-hole quite well.

Some of the largest areas of potential change are with the outfielders and at second base.  If the roster does not change for the rest of the off-season, the Yankees have Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells coming off the bench.  While relatively team-friendly deals, moving one of them for pitching is a better option than keeping both.  The Yankees have been receiving a lot of interest on  Gardner, but a team would need to make a very luxurious offer to land him.  Not only is Gardner’s contract very team-friendly, but this is a lineup that will suit Gardner more the lineups in recent years.  Assuming Gardner stays with the Yankees this season, he will be a strong contributor in the lineup.

Designated hitter is historically a spot the Yankees use to give players a rest more than a position for one player.  However, Soriano could turn into the regular everyday DH in 2014, jumping into the outfield whenever a player needs time to rest.  While Soriano had a great second half last year, he will settle somewhere in between last year’s production from Chicago and New York.

There are still questions as to where all the Yankees will fit in 2014.  We should hear about Alex Rodriguez’s appeal in the coming weeks, and the 3B market will clear up as well.  When the Yankees have  confirmed starters and a confirmed third baseman, we will revisit this lineup.

Topics: Brett Gardner, New York Yankees

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  • Thomas Katona

    There’s no way arid will b able to handle 3rd next year. He’s to slow plus no bat speed for his long swing. Wish yanks could just get rid of him so they could have that money to spend.

    • Gish

      Do you know what a guaranteed contract is? They can’t “just get rid of him”. If they released him, they’d still have to pay him, and then they do not “have that money to spend”. If his suspension is upheld, something they can only hope for, then and only then will they be free of paying him for the duration of that suspension, which will likely be a full season.

  • Wichy Santana

    4years Omar Infante 40 mill for yankee for the people like baseball fan.

  • Wichy Santana

    7years Shin-Soo choo 135 mill for yankee for the people like baseball winn champ and Omar 4years 40 mill.

  • Thomas Katona

    Well I guess the yanks keep arod cause I think he’s gonna win the case by some kind of loop hole. Ellsbury is a good player but cashman seemed to buy him to spite Cano. Cashman put all the eggs in one basket on that deal now once again there’s no pitching. Watch Chavez come back for 3rd !!!