Another Yankee down in Tampa (USAT)
The Yankees offense used to be the safest bet on the roto board, the ideal place to park your money and collect your rewards. But in 2013, this looks like a pedestrian and star-crossed group, a franchise in search of its identity (if not a start-fresh blueprint).
Curtis Granderson's arm injury was the first bombshell from Tampa, and it didn't take long for a second shot. Mark Teixeira felt a pop in his right wrist during Tuesday batting practice and the timetable came down Wednesday: he's out for 8-10 weeks. Tough times for the 30-something Yankees.
[Also: Eric Hosmer replaces Mark Teixeira for USA at World Baseball Classic]
But what does this mean for you, the average fantasy baseball owner who's looking to put together a draft board?
Teixeira's draft stock took the expected tumble as the Yahoo! crew assembled fresh ranks at first base. While the Yankees are calling it a wrist strain for Teixeira, this is the type of injury that could sap power for most or all of the season. Brandon Funston is now slotting Teixiera 22nd at the position; that's the highest in the group. Brad Evans, Andy Behrens and Dalton Del Don consider Teixeira the No. 24 option, while yours truly is the pessimist in the crowd (No. 28). Season to taste.
The Yankees didn't have obvious replacements for Granderson, and the same goes for Teixeira. This is an aging team with spotty depth. If you're in a mixed league, you probably know to avoid the Juan Riveras and Dan Johnsons of the world. Perhaps Eduardo Nunez can run into our hearts, subbing at third base if Kevin Youkilis slides to first. Maybe an ordinary free agent could be added, an Aubrey Huff or a Carlos Lee. Bottom line, these injuries aren't opening the door for hot prospects or blocked assets. For the first time in the Derek Jeter Era, the Yankees might be in a bit of trouble.
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