Nobody can predict when an injury will occur or which position will be depleted by the consequences of that injury, but being prepared for an injury can go a long way in the success of a team. Curtis Granderson and the New York Yankees found this out all too well as they were delivered a devastating blow on Sunday afternoon.
Granderson, in his first at-bat of the spring, was drilled by J.A. Happ in the forearm in what appeared to be a painful injury. The X-rays would go on to prove this to be the case.
Granderson told YES Network (h/t USAToday.com) that he did not believe that the injury was too serious until he was provided the proof in the way of the X-ray results:
"I didn't think it was (fractured). Even as we got the X-ray, they asked if it was throbbing. I came and saw (the X-ray) myself. It was clear as day."
Jack Curry of YES Network reported that Granderson will be out of commission for 10 weeks, leading many to wonder where the Yankees will go from here. The likely options within the organization will be having Juan Rivera or Matt Diaz play left field and moving Brett Gardner over to center.
In light of what has happened, the Yankees have no one to blame but themselves for their lack of depth. Here are several players the Bronx Bombers could have signed over the offseason.
Ibanez had some heroic moments last postseason for the Yankees and after Granderson's injury, they probably wish they could have him back in 2013.
Ibanez was able to play in more games than he could have ever expected last year with the injury to Gardner early on. He hit 19 home runs and showed that he is still a threat in any lineup.
Had the Yankees signed him, it would have been deja vu for Ibanez, as yet another starting outfielder for the Yankees fell victim to injury early on. He would have likely been the best choice financially as well for backup depth on this team.
There certainly would not be as much panic as there is now since Ibanez has proven that he is ready and willing to step in when a teammate goes down.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, their negotiation talks with Ibanez went nowhere and the Mariners were able to swoop in and bring Ibanez back to the West Coast.
He might not be the same player at 37 years old, but he would be an ideal DH and could certainly still play in the outfield. An injury to an outfielder, as the Yankees are currently suffering from, and Hunter could have been the man.
Last season, he drove in 92 RBI and is still capable of being a big player for a contender, as the Detroit Tigers recognized by signing him.
Hunter would have been capable of giving guys a day off in the outfield and would have been able to play everyday in the outfield should injuries strike. And he would have been kept off an already dangerous contender to the Yankees in the American League.
Looking back on the amount of production that Swisher provided the Yankees in the last four seasons, it would have been a nice luxury to still have him on the team.
Despite the postseason struggles, his four years in New York were models of consistency. He averaged 26 home runs, 87 RBI and 150 games played.
Sure, his performance in the postseason was abysmal, but the Yankees need to first make it to the postseason in 2013.
Swisher would have been a great option with his ability to play both the outfield and first base. He would have been a nice DH for the team and could have provided the Yanks flexibility with the DH spot.
Scott Hairston could have been a great signing for the Yankees considering the numerous positions he plays and his ability to come off the bench as a pinch-hitter.
He has proven that he can play every outfield position while being able to play second base occasionally.
Hairston hit 20 home runs last season, five in games in which he did not start. Hairston could have found his way into the lineup or provided bench depth for the Yankees.
The Seattle Mariners acquired Michael Morse via a trade with the Washington Nationals this offseason. Although he was not a free agent (as was the case for the other four players listed here), it could have been a great trade for the Yankees.
Morse has the ability to play the outfield and first base, which would have given the Yankees another versatile player who could have also been pencilled in at DH.
The 30-year-old righty has tremendous power, hitting 31 home runs two seasons ago and 18 home runs in only 102 games last season. He could have been a great complement to this team for years to come and Yankee Stadium would have likely increased his home run totals.