2009 in a nutshell: You're gonna have 86 Million dollars off the table. Let's put it to use. This team got real old, real fast.
Let's start with the rotation: Aside from this season, Wang has been durable. Moose, too (to a lesser degree...although he's gonna be forty this season). Ponson isn't a viable candidate for the rotation. Neither is Giese as he was never intended to be.
#1 Go after Sabathia. Dude is a stud. As much as I didn't think it would be a good idea this season, he has proven me wrong.
#2 Go after Teixiera. We'll have the dough to do it. He can field the position, even if he turns into Giambi with the bat.
#3 Re-sign Moose. Another two year deal. He's shown he's durable andknows how to win. Two years is probably the end of his rope. He stands a chance of getting to 300 as a Yankee.
#4 Deal Cano. Too enigmatic. I want more defense.
#5 I'd love to see the OF cleared out, outside of Nady....maybe Abreu. No reclamation projects like Andruw Jones.... Maybe Austin Jackson?
#6 (warning....blaspheming coming up) I want to see a defensive replacement for Jeter, late innings. Remember '98? not everybody on that team were stars. We need Scott Brosius back.....Guys that understood their role and did it.
Guys that can go: Pettitte, Ponsoon, Giambi, Sexson, Pavano (HA!), Pudge, Betemit.
I make a call to Oakland and see if they're willing to deal Street. I'll just bet that Eiland can work with him.
I also give a shot to Melancon in the bullpen....sixth, seventh inning guy.
Give a shot to Humberto (Dirty) Sanchez and monitor progress on Brackman.
We had an awful lot of injuries this season. I say Girardi did a good job, all things considered.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
What do you think? Is he being too sentimental about Moose (so what if he gets his #300 somewhere else)? Overly "Yankee" to try to land Sabathia AND Teixeira? Deal Cano? For what? Plan on signing Orlando Hudson? How will the team dump both Damon and Matsui, along with Melky? That's a lot of OF to deal. Somewhere in there he seems to be relying on Sabathia, Wang, Moose, Joba, Hughes for the rotation. Still too much risk?
Got something to add on how to fix the Yanks? Email me and so long as it's not "screw the Yanks" or something equally lame, I'll post it. Best suggestion/solution wins a Swingline stapler*. If we get enough good postings, I'll create a poll and you guys can decide.
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