Brian McCann's swing is tailor-made for Yankee Stadium.
The New York Yankees didn't just address their needs this winter; they went out and acquired the best available option to fill each one.
You could make the argument that the team didn't necessarily need Carlos Beltran, as they could have re-signed Curtis Granderson, a better fielder, to play right field. However, Beltran can hurt opposing pitchers in multiple ways, while the Grandyman is a one-trick pony.
While neither Kelly Johnson nor Brian Roberts is going to come close to equaling Robinson Cano's play at second base, the Yankees are stronger up the middle with the additions of catcher Brian McCann and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, whom they took from their hated rivals, the Boston Red Sox.
Without question, the team's most significant move was also its most recent, signing Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka, the most sought-after player of the winter. While he's far from a sure thing and the Yankees have struck out on Japanese pitchers before (Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa), signing the 25-year-old was a risk that the team had to take.
Tanaka fills a major void in the team's starting rotation, but more importantly, he gives it a foundation to build its future staff around. The Yankees didn't have a building block for their rotation at any level in the organization. Now they do.
Sure, over time, this winter's moves will have cost the team nearly half a billion dollars—and Yankees brass had to kiss the dream of getting under that pesky $189 million luxury tax goodbye in the process—but they enter 2014 in much better shape than they were a year ago.