Yankees ready to put on good show

Yankees ready to put on good show
January 23, 2014, 12:00 am
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New York Yankees left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a game-winning single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium.

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As our baseball maven Rich Dubroff laid it out, the Yankees may have made yet another big splash with the signing of Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka, but they still have plenty of question marks.

However, the Yankees not only have to strive to be a good baseball team, but they also need to be a good show. And the addition of Tanaka works in that regard.

The New York Post’s Ken Davidoff sums up the Yanks’ offseason this way: “They’re a far more compelling reality program than they were four months ago. They’re a modestly better baseball team.”

Tanaka will join other additions Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann. There have been major deletions in retired Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte and departed free agent and unpopular All-Star Robinson Cano. Alex Rodriguez’s season suspension “deprives this saga of its best villain.”

“Nevertheless, this should be a more captivating and compelling product,” Davidoff writes. “Tanaka … is an exciting enigma whose every start should be Must-See TV, at least at the outset.”

And that’s important when you’re playing Off-Broadway. So even if Yankees don’t look better constructed than the Red Sox and are relying on comebacks from two aging players coming off injury in Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira, they at least look constructed well enough to warrant their fans’ attention.

“They’re definitely once again one of the more interesting teams in the AL,” Davidoff says. “… In the Yankees’ universe, that counts for something.”