The Yankees missed the playoffs in 2013 for the first time since 2008. What did they do to rebound from 2008? They signed the top three free agents on the market in CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Mark Teixeira, and promptly won the World Series the next year. So what did they do to rebound from 2013? Signed five-tool center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, seven-time All-Star catcher Brian McCann, future Hall of Fame right fielder Carlos Beltran, and Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka. The spending spree drastically improves the team and should more than compensate for the loss of Robinson Cano to Seattle. This season is also the farewell tour for famed shortstop Derek Jeter. Third baseman Yangervis Solarte came out of nowhere early on with huge bombs out of Yankee Stadium too. Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Kelly Johnson, Ichiro Suzuki, and Brian Roberts round out a group of big-name regulars.
Most of the Yankees questions come on the pitching side of things which is crucial considering their hitter-friendly ballpark. Tanaka is now the undisputed ace, Sabathia and Hideki Kuroda have seen better days, Ivan Nova is out for the season, and Michael Pineda could be solid but has struggled with injuries this season as usual. The strength comes in the bullpen, notably with Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, and underrated shutdown closer David Robertson who has seamlessly taken over for Mariano Rivera. The Yankees are still by far the strongest brand in baseball with their 27 world championships and international appeal. Yankee Stadium is as classic of a setting to see a game as there is in the game. Make sure to get out to a Yankees game this summer to see Jeter again. The Yankees haven't even hit their stride yet either; with such a talented roster, this could be a very fun summer in the Bronx. Gold Coast Tickets can get you the best tickets at Yankees games!