Fan Confidence Poll: December 9th, 2013

Davidoff: Yankees sign Brian Gordon to minor league deal
It depends upon what the meaning of the word "big" is

2013 Season: 85-77 (637 RS, 671 RA, 77-85 pythag. record), didn’t qualify for playoffs

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Davidoff: Yankees sign Brian Gordon to minor league deal
It depends upon what the meaning of the word "big" is
  • Farewell Mo

    Still need to see how they’re gonna address 2nd, 3rd and starting pitching plus I think they’d be making a big mistake trading Gardner unless they got back someone damn good in return.
    They’re added Ellsbury, Beltan, McCann and Kelly Johnson and lost Cano, Granderson, Pettitte, Rivera and Hughes.

    As of right now the pieces are obviously different but I’m not sure if they’re any better than they were.

    • gbyanks

      I think they get a 3rd or second baseman by Thursday and just have kelly play the open position.

  • Pinkie Pie

    7. They’ve shown me that they’re serious about improving this team, but not at the cost of ridiculous albatross contracts like the one Robbie wanted and got. There are still holes to fill, so my enthusiasm remains curbed.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    still a 6.

    don’t get me wrong, I liked their moves so far (even Ellsbury) but there are still some big holes in their roster. That being said, I’m already as excited about the new season as I haven’t been since the 08-09 offseason!

    • CS Yankee

      FWIW, I thought the ’09 team had the chance to run the table & that ’10 would be a slam dunk.

      This is more like an ’11 feel (good, but not great), but add Tanaka or a Garza (plus a closer) and it’ll feel like ST ’09 (to me at least).

      • Bavarian Yankee


        I’m not even saying I’m having a good feeling about the team but I’m just excited to see how they’ll do with all those new guys around.

      • Farewell Mo

        Agree about Tanaka. That potential front of the rotation starter will make all the difference IMO so they don’t have to depend so heavily on CC turning back time and Kuroda not collapsing down the stretch

      • Jorge Steinbrenner (the rarely spoken-of sibling)

        Not concerned about the closer, but a solid mid-tier starter PLUS both a second and third baseman (even if the third-baseman is a solid stopgap type) will seal the deal for me.

  • CS Yankee

    …bummer about losing Cano, but they have been proactive and seem to have learned from last years mistake of ducttape, discount bins and prayers as their approach.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Baseline 7 (8 for 2014, 6.5 for beyond cause of the farm void).

    Losing Cano smarts but the Yanks are being active as all hell in bolstering the roster and I love to see it after last year’s week offseason. Yes, production at 2B just dropped off a cliff no matter who is the chosen replacement, but C just went from a wet blanket to a beast, and RF from pumpkins to an older yet still productive bat. if they can lock down a couple solid pitching options I’m feeling pretty damn confident in 2014, all things considered.

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

      *weak* offseason

      And also let me clarify by pitching options I mainly mean starters. Bullpen help should be snagged if available but is absolutely the least of my concerns right now.

  • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

    Up to a 5 from a 4 on the McCann, Ells, Beltran and Kuroda signings. Not because I agree with all the dollars and years specifically but because of what they signify. Also up on the fiscal discipline to let Cano walk.

    Higher depends on where we go from here with FAs, trades, the farm, CC’s 2014 and the returns of Jeter and Teix.

  • I’m One

    I appear to be one of the few that’s down (from 7 to 6), although I probably shouldn’t be. They still need to address 2B, 3B and pitching (starting and relief). I like the McCann signing, not thrilled about Ellsbury & Beltran, happy about Kuroda as he provides some stability to the rotaion, but still many gaps. At least they have some available money, both short & long term, to make moves. Hopefully they use it wisely. Kinda of disappointed that the only true “home grown” regulars (besides Jeter who will probably be gone after this season) are Gardner (who may also be gone, even before this season starts) and DRob. It would be nice to see a new home-grown star. Then again, should they win another championship and position themselves for more than one, no one will really care who’s home grown and who isn’t.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner (the rarely spoken-of sibling)

      All of this.

      • ropeadope

        What have you done with Mr. Tilapia? Who’s going to assume the New Years cotton candy liability to I’m One and myself?

  • Eddard


    I love what they’ve done this offseason. Not signing a “me” first player like Cano will allow this to become a team again. Not having the Captain around for leadership really hurt last season. This season they’ll have team guys like Jacoby, Beltran, McCann and the return of Teixera and Jeter. I still think they need one more starter and some bullpen help. The offense will be a dramatic improvement.

  • Betty Lizard

    Because I McCann.

    • ropeadope

      Yes you McCann! Love the positive thinking.

      “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

      Abraham Lincoln

  • Jay D

    Still baseline 4. I think that Ells and Beltran will boost the offense. I like Kelly but he’s no Cano. Still have holes in the rotation and I think everybody that we have is still a big ?.

    I peg us as an 85 win team right now and that’s only going to go down every year from here on out unless something miraculous happens in the next 2 years.

    Signing Tanaka and Mark Reynolds/Omar Infante would get me to a 5, maybe 6 if the Tanaka deal is super favorable.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner (the rarely spoken-of sibling)

    I’m One isn’t the only one who takes a slight hit. If the 9 a few weeks ago was a one-week spike, then perhaps my 6 this week is a one-week valley.

    Why the drop? This is a rather delicate point in time.

    I appreciate who they added but, putting the ridiculous contract aside, the team lost an almost irreplacable piece in Robbie Cano. I question the Ellsbury deal in terms of length, money and, frankly, timing, as I do think it contributed to the Yankees losing leverage with Robbie and pushing him out the door ever so slightly.

    Yes, there are answers at second, third, and in the rotation out there in the market, but the team needs to continue acting with the conviction they seem to have so far. There’s not a whole lot of time to breath here.

    I love the McCann signing. I’m fine with Beltran. I’m thrilled Kuroda is back. I’m glad that our second-line infield reinforcements are Johnson and Ryan. For a team that’s spent over $300 million thus far, to say that there’s a lot more work to be done is amazing, yet here we are.

    6. I look forward to getting back to baseline 7 next week.

  • Captain Turbo

    Up to a 6 from a 5. They seem to have a plan and are putting the pieces in place. I don’t agree 100% with every move but they seem much more focused than during last year’s hot stove.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    8, up from 8 this fall, the signings are just too great to ignore.

    If any of the Yankees participate in ‘Hour of Code’ then I’ll probably move up to an 8, but that’s not guaranteed.

  • Cuso

    7. Devastated that there’s no more Cano, but the additions added to full season of Soriano and “there’s-no-way-in-hell-we-could-be-as-snakebite-with-injuries-as-2013” plus I’m bullish on a CC rebound because he’s had a year to adjust to the lower weight.

    Concerned about Kuroda running out of gas at the end, but still believe there’s 175 quality April-August innings. Nova is on the hot seat to STAY productive.

    We need one more starter. I’d be 8.5 if Tanaka posts and we get him, but no guarantee there.

    Don’t want Colon – I just don’t. Pineda – grasping at straws. Need to get creative with Bullpen additions in January (Benoit?)

    I’m not overly concerned with “need” at 2B. We’re not replacing Cano. We need someone that can play, not someone that can dominate. Writing on the wall says the Infante price tag is too high. Reynolds seems like probable return (3B, backup to Teixeira). There’s nothing wrong with starting the season with KJ at 2B. With Ryan addition, it’s pretty clear that Nunez is backup 3B/2B unless he gets traded.

    Soft 7. Questions, for sure. But offense is immeasurably better than last year.

  • Mikhel


  • JLC 776

    Up from a 4 to a 5. I like (but don’t love… yet) the moves made in this offseason, but think our chances of being competitive next year aren’t very good. I mean, have you seen our rotation? Ugh…