The Yankees spent almost half a billion dollars on free-agents this past offseason, and very little of that went to improving their infield, which, if you didn't noticed, lost Robinson Cano, and has injury concerns with Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira.
According to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, a major league scout told him that the Yankees have the "worst" infield range of an big league team heading into the season, but at the same time, the Yankees do not have any plans to offer a contract to free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew because they are "tapped out," meaning out of money.
Heyman goes on to add some more from the scout he talked with, and even a Yankees official:
The Yankees doled out $458 million to free-agent stars Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, bolstering their offense and adding a pitching stud. They have had a very nice spring training overall, but the scout suggested their infield defense will be a major issue. "They have six holes," he said, referring to the spaces between the four defenders.
A Yankees person called the infield "vulnerable" but suggested he thought it would be OK, before offering great praise for the minor leaguers who've manned the infield spots in spring games. The Yankees official said he believed second baseman Brian Roberts in particular has looked very good at bat -- though the scout wasn't so sure even about that. "He looks to me like he's swinging a weighted bat at times," the scout said. Spring stats don't mean much for veterans, and New York's infield is made up of mostly big-name veterans.
The 25-man roster probably won't be set until the end of the week, but for the moment, the Yankees will head into the regular season with Jeter (39, and coming off of a major ankle injury), Teixeira (33, and coming back from major wrist surgery), Kelly Johnson (32), and Brian Roberts (36, and very often injured). Brendan Ryan was suppose to serve as the slick-fielder backup to Jeter, but is likely to start the season on the DL, two from the group of Dean Anna, Eduardo Nunez, Yangervis Solarte and Scott Sizemore will start the season on the bench.
Drew would obviously be a good fit on the Yankees given their infield needs, but they have been saying for awhile that he doesn't fit into their current budget plans. After going over the $189 million luxury-tax threshold since signing Masahiro Tanaka, who knew they had a spending limit?