After an embarrassing end to the 2012 postseason, the New York Yankees will be looking to upgrade their roster and make another run at a twenty-eighth World Series title.
Age was a huge factor in the Yankees laying an egg in this year’s ALCS. This team will have to get younger to stay competitive in a league full of rising young stars.
The quieting of the Yankee bats come playoff time is beginning to feel like a perennial postseason phenomenon in New York.
This Yankee clubhouse is in need of a change in atmosphere and philosophy, something that can be fixed by replacing the players with reoccurring postseason slumps.
Here are three Yankees who need to be replaced after disappointing postseason performances.
Martin after a strikeout in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Forget about the postseason, Russell Martin has given the Yankees little offensive production ever since putting on the pinstripes.
Martin’s career high 21 home runs were overshadowed by career lows in average and on-base percentage this season.
Martin carried his dismal hitting into October, where he batted just .161 with one RBI, contributing to a career postseason average of just .200 in 33 games.
Not all of Martin’s two years in pinstripes were a waste. The 29-year-old veteran was a rock behind home plate this season with just six errors, and he worked well with the stylistically diverse Yankee pitching staff.
But when it comes down to it, Martin’s lack of offense and postseason production far outweigh most of what he’s done defensively.
The Yankees should consider catching prospects Austin Romine and Gary Sanchez to replace Martin and inject more youth and offensive production into the lineup.
Swisher in Game 4 of the ALDS.
Nick Swisher has been a solid, middle-of-the-lineup switch-hitter for the Yankees over the years, but has strung together four miserable Octobers.
Swisher, who had just five hits in 30 at-bats this postseason, has been virtually non-existent in the playoffs, owning a career average of just .169.
Swisher had a solid year at the plate, finishing with a .272 average, 24 home runs and 93 RBI and played a big part in the Yankees clinching a playoff berth. Yet his great season was tarnished by another poor October.
The Yankees should look to replace Swisher with one of the many big name outfielders on the free-agent market this offseason.
Detroit Tigers’ outfielder Delmon Young is coming off an excellent postseason where he hit .313 with nine clutch RBI. His .353 average in the ALCS earned him MVP honors for the series.
Young is a career .267 postseason hitter and is a free agent this offseason.
Sure, Young may not posses Swisher’s addictive personality or even his intensity, but his postseason production would make him a great fit in New York.
Chavez after a strikeout in Game 4 of the ALDS.
The struggles of Alex Rodriguez this postseason gave Eric Chavez the opportunity to start a few games at third base.
Chavez didn’t even touch first base in 16 at-bats and struck out eight times.
Luckily for the Yankees, the 34-year-old, injury-prone third baseman is a free agent this offseason, and there are plenty of options to replace him.
One name that really stands out in this year’s free-agent market is NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro.
Scutaro had a quiet season for the Colorado Rockies prior to the trade deadline, hitting .271 with 30 RBI in 95 games.
If you can count on anything next season, the Yankees will be a contender.
Scutaro would be a perfect utility guy to have in the Yankees arsenal for 2013.