Spring training doesn't provide answers for a season, but in some cases it can provide clues. Tanaka, 25, will be introduced on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, but, like everyone else, I want to see what his world-class splitter looks like.
While Yankees GM Brian Cashman may be lowering expectations, the simple size of Tanaka's contract, $155 million, will make every start he makes an event. So it will be intriguing to see Tanaka on a mound for the first time.
But Pineda and Banuelos may be even more of a must-see. Pineda could show that he is actually healthy after his shoulder surgery and could become some semblance of the pitcher the Yankees thought they acquired in early 2012.
His velocity will be something to examine throughout the spring, because that was the first tipoff two years ago that something was amiss. The Yankees are saying that Pineda still is not clocking it at 97 mph yet, but he may be at 94-95. Generally, location is the last thing to return with shoulders, so we'll see how that's going.
After barely pitching for two years, it will be interesting to see if Banuelos has the same life in his arm. Tommy John is seen as a bump in the road these days so Banuelos' elbow figures to be fine, and if that's the case we can begin finding out if he may become a legit MLB starter -- eventually, maybe even an ace.
QUESTION: WHAT ARE YOU MOST CURIOUS ABOUT THIS SPRING?