Thursday, December 11, 2008

Do I smell an ambush coming?

Heading into this off-season, the Yanks shed some $88 million from their payroll (mostly from Moose, Giambi, Abreu, Pettitte, Pavano).

Sabathia will cost $23m (roughly) this year. Burnett would add another $17m. Hell, add another pitcher --either Sheets or Lowe or Pettitte-- for something like $13m. That's "only" $53m. I say only with a cheesy grin on my face, knowing that's more than many teams' entire roster. If the normal contractual increases for the existing Yanks add another $15m, we're at $68m. What does that leave in order to keep the payroll on par with 2008? Some $20m bucks.

Conveniently, you know who's gonna cost about $20m/year? Some 1B who is a switch hitter, Gold Glove-caliber defender, upstanding citizen and Don Mattingly worshipping dude (which is why he wears #23).

It just feels like the Yanks are quietly lurking on the Teix scenario. If they, at the last minute, call Boras and tell him they'll match the Nationals 8 year, $160m offer, I can see them walking off with the two best players this offseason, plus at least two other very good pitchers. The Evil Empire striking again.

Obnoxious? You betchya. At least the ownership is committed. Or should be committed. Whatever.


dinologic (Dean D) said...

I would be absolutely ECSTATIC if they pulled that off. I don't know much about the man, but I think Teixeira would be a great fit for the Yanks and as much as they need starting pitching, they need another bat just as badly. A switch-hitting, slick fielding first basemen who is all business and seemingly even-tempered? Sign me up.

Any chance they can unload Matsui and use Swisher primarily in LF? Adding Teix kinda would give them one too many players for the 1B/DH/LF rotation.

Jason @ IIATMS said...

Correct. I could see them then approaching Matsui about waiving his NTC (I could bet there's one) and paying at least half freight to send him out West (SF, Seattle).

dinologic (Dean D) said...

Seems Jon Heyman agrees...