The Off-Season: 2011-2012 Edition
Now that the Yankees went into the night with a whimper...it's that time of the year again where the Front Office drools over the biggest Super Star Free Agent.
The Yanks do have some money coming off the books, unfortunately this season does not really have a Free Agent of that caliber that fits the Yanks:
-Sabathia's likely to opt out: $23M
-Chavez: $1.5M (Could see Yanks bringing him back)
The Yankees are an old team and they have almost every position locked down for the foreseeable future:
-ARod @ 3B for another 6 Years
-Jeter @ SS for 2 more years, (player option for 3rd)
-Tex @ 1B for another 5 years
-Granderson @ CF for another year, plus an option
The only real spots the Yankees can get younger and improve are in RF, C, LF and the Starting Rotation.
LF: I can't see the Yanks really doing much about Gardner. They like him and he's cheap.
Unless something big comes up, I don't see an upgrade here.
RF: Swisher is a free agent now. The Yanks do have an option on him, but I'm not sure if they take it. They can upgrade here, problem is finding the piece.
C: Martin is a free agent and had a pretty good year. I can see him wanting a long term deal now, just not sure if the Yankees give it to him. The Yanks have internal options in Jesus Montero and Austine Romine...then down the pike they still have Gary Sanchez and JR Murphy. Both of the later are still ways away and Sanchez could be possible trade bait.
One thought I'm having is, since the Yanks seem iffy about Montero behind the plate (I can't see why, since Posada has been horrible since forever); what if they try to move Montero to RF?
Last edited by TonyStarks; 10-07-2011 at 08:17 AM.
"After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio