New York Sports Now
So hey, sports in this town sure have stunk lately, haven’t they? As of the date of the writing of this article, the New York Rangers are the only team with a .500 record (something they have been flirting with most of the season. The Jets, Giants, Nets, Knicks, Devils and Islanders all have failed to live up to fans expectations. In fact, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the collective state of New York’s sports franchises have the worst combined winning percentage since 1966 (and then, the Devils, Islanders and the Nets weren’t in existence yet). The two New York baseball teams, the Yankees and Mets, missed the playoffs in 2013, but both have made up for their failures by making huge free agent splashes.
The Mets signed former Yankees OF Curtis Granderson. Granderson provides a huge power source the Mets have been sorely lacking as of late (save for David Wright). As for those Yankees… where can I bet? In addition to the aforementioned loss of Granderson, they also lost superstar Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners who signed him to a 10 year/$240 million contract (the 3rd largest in American pro sports history). But what was lost in Cano and Granderson, the Yankees gained nicely. The first huge splash was signing catcher Brian McCann to a 5 year/$85 million contract. Next splash was Jacoby Ellsbury, formerly of the Red Sox, who agreed a 7 year/$152 million contract. Just when you think the Yankees were done spending, in comes Carlos Beltran who came to terms with the Yankees on a 3 year, $45 million deal.
As for the Rangers, well… we all know about the mega deal goalie Henrik Lundqvist recently agreed to (in case you actually did forget, it’s 8 years for $59.5 million). They too have failed to live up to high expectations with the brand new coach (but they are another article for another day)