The Yankees have finished first or second in the American League in runs scored in each of the last four seasons. Joe Girardi has managed some potent offenses, but the club's current lineup looks ordinary rather than exceptional following the news that Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira will miss the first month-plus of the regular season with injuries.
The Yankees’ projected lineup now includes Juan Rivera and Dan Johnson in place of Granderson and Teixeira. Not surprisingly, GM Brian Cashman is considering possible upgrades. Significant trades aren't generally completed in March, so Cashman's options are limited. Plus, if the Yankees make a major move they could face tough roster decisions in a matter of weeks. But the team can't afford to field a weakened lineup for one sixth of the season, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post pointed out today. How should Cashman navigate this early season dilemma?