Considering the crapola we were fed last year, I think it's important that Yankee fans enter 2014 with a healthy skepticism about the future of this team.
Over the next few weeks, as a new bumper crop of B.S. arrives in Tampa, let us remember what the experts and insiders told us 12 months ago. Here is a blast from the past... from Jan. 28, 2013:
NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is set to reach a major checkpoint in his recovery from right shoulder surgery, graduating to tossing from a half mound on Tuesday at the club's complex in Tampa, Fla.
The 24-year-old Pineda missed all of the 2012 season due to injury after being acquired from the Mariners in January.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the organization is hopeful that the right-hander will be an option at the big league level by June or July.
Pineda underwent arthroscopic surgery in May to repair an anterior labral tear of his pitching shoulder after experiencing weakness, and later pain, during his Spring Training appearances.
Pineda has yet to throw a pitch for the New York Yankees. The only redeeming part of his acquisition is that the main player we traded to get him, Jesus Montero, has been a total bust. Of course, that's the same Montero whom the Yankees were hyping for four years, as the best prospect in our system.