Monday, December 28, 2015


Well, it is a breath of fresh air that the Yankees served up some gifts under the Christmas tree this late December week.  No, I am not giving away the baby with the bath water or the Jedi with the movie, but I am sharing some happy thoughts about the latest signings which provides me with a little hope as we head into 2016.

As we reported IN YOUR CHRISTMAS HURRY, THE YANKS SIGNED FOLKS, we signed five young men to our minor league roster; guys who we can groom and help realize their dreams and ours as our force awakens.  We have always said we have to grow our farm in order to be a force again.  With two pitchers, a catcher and two fielders, we are off to a great start.  But, we are not done yet.

According to Baseball America's Matt Eddy, we picked up a 24-year-old former Mets prospect named Cesar Puello the day after Christmas.  "The 24-year-old batted .252/.355/.393 in hitter-friendly Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014," reports Eddy.  The only wrinkle in the addition is that he had a back injury back in August, which lead to the Mets' release of Puello.  I am willing to take a chance on some young talent.

According to Ken Rosenthal, "The Yankees seemingly are waiting for some of their big contracts to expire," which could be why signing these minor leaguers may be the way of the future for us this 2016.  Yet, Rosenthal also warns that there is more to come. "Patience - the pace will pick up. Bargains are coming, but so are more big signings."

So as we wait for more moves to increase the capacity of our 2016 team, I say we must remain realistic, hopeful and yes a little patient.  We have opportunity to grow and we have signs of life.  Our force is awakening this year...I can feel it.

--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
BYB Hot Stove Columnist
Twitter: @suzieprof

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