The Yankees entered play Wednesday with a 16-22 record, sitting the cellar of the AL East. Their slow month and a half to begin the season has many culprits, and team owner Hal Steinbrenner does not believe that manager Joe Girardi or his coaching staff are among them.
Per ESPN, Steinbrenner said, “The coaches are doing a good job.”
Steinbrenner did single out Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley, Michael Pineda, and Luis Severino. Headley didn’t register his first extra-base hit of the season until recently while Teixeira entered play Wednesday with a 6.30 OPS. Meanwhile, both Pineda and Severino have ERA’s above 6.00 in 15 combined starts.
Despite entering the season with a $226 million payroll, the Yankees haven’t been signing free agents as wildly as they have in the past. Most of the active payroll is taken up by contracts signed years ago, including CC Sabathia‘s $25 million, Teixeira’s $23 million, and Alex Rodriguez‘s $21 million. It’s tough to say if spending more money would have actually changed the Yankees’ fate.