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Friday, November 02, 2007
With A-Rod, Torre, and Mattingly gone, the status of Pettitte, Posada, and Mo all up in the air, and a strange possibility of seeing Cano over at 3rd if the Cash Man can't find anyone else to plug that hole, it is natural and understandable for us Yanks fans to feel a bit flustered - things in Yankeesville certainly seem to be in quite the state of disarray. Rest assured, though, that not everything will be different next year. Besides working on convincing Pettitte to exercise his player option and stay with the team for 2008 and hopefully hammering out deals with Jorgie Porgie and Sir Mo, the Yanks have already made a few deals to keep some familiar faces around for next year. Tony Pena obviously wasn't as disappointed about not being offered the managerial job as Mattingly, because he has agreed to come back as first base coach, and Kevin Long, whose batting coaching skills helped the team achieve the best collective batting average (.290), slugging percentage (.463) and RBI total (929) in all of baseball this year will also be back. The team also announced today that they picked up Bobby Abreu's $16 mil option, so at least we don't have to add "right fielder" to the list of gaping holes that need to be filled this off-season.

We're only a few days into this new Girardi-led era, but I must say that I am feeling good about things. I really did want A-Rod to stick around, but it seems abundantly clear that he is obviously not the type of team player we had hoped he would be ($350 mil just to talk? You make me sick.) Abreu is a man of pure golden consistency and is a shining example of good attitude and teamwork, and at $16 mil he is certainly affordable in today's market. The Cash Man has also said that convincing Pettitte to stick around is a "priority", so that is a good sign, as well, and we have thus far heard no rumblings of ridiculous "all our youngsters for one old dude" trade rumors, which one might expect to be hearing with A-Rod gone. I love Torre. I love Mattingly. I even love (or loved, anyway) A-Rod. But you know what? Out with the old. I'm on board with Girardi.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, November 02, 2007  
  • At 8:04 PM, Blogger TombstoneRadio said…

    I would be surprised if we weren't able to convince Mo, Jorge, and Andy to come back next year (or for multiple years and big bucks in the cases of our cathcer and closer). I would also be surprised if the Yanks didn't throw a ton of money at Jones or Hunter in an attempt to make up for some of the offense we'll be missing without A-Rod. Moving Melky to left to make room for one of those two (and DHing Matsui) doesn't seem too extraordinary to me.

    It looks like we're in for a more pitching-oriented team, though. Maybe one that holds other teams down while playing a little bit of small ball (like we saw in the late '90's).

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  • At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Brian said…

    "even, if you want, you could merge to my site and make a blog their."

    It's "there" homes.

    Yeeeaahhh doesn't give you much confidence to "merge" does it?

    The Yankees will not sign Jones or Hunter, and the re-signing of Abreu cemented that fact. I used to think movin Melky to right, then maybe signing Hunter or Jones for some offence, but Melky seems to fit perfectly in center, so if its not broke, don't fix it. The problem with moving him to left and DHing Matsui is, The Yankees would be throwing Melky's amazing arm away, as well as having THREE DH's. Lets not forget whos job Melky took over in center (Damon), plus Giambi being slated as a $26 million DH, there's no way in hell the Yanks are signing yet another outfielder. What the Yankees REALLY need is a 3B, but for more than the obvious reason that their old 3B who "couldn't imagine playing somewhere else", is gone. I think shuffling Cano to 3rd and giving Jeter yet another DP partner is just creating a hole trying to fix another one. The Yankees should try to package a deal to get a 3B who may not hit 30 HRs or 100 RBIs, but one with a decent glove, clutch hitting and maybe a mediocre last season to drop the price a tad. The best option for the Yankees would to be trading either Abreu or Damon for a 3B, freeing up roster room for Duncan, Phillips, Giambi and Duncan...Eric Duncan that is. Personally I don't mind losin A-rod if we got Inge over there...but can't have everything we want I suppose...

    On a side note, if Santana is indeed a free agent after the '08 season, I can say that you will be seeing him in pinstripes in '09 to open the new stadium. With Giambi, Pavano, Farnsworth, Pettitte, and Abreu (depending if he gets back to 25+ HRs, 100 RBIs and maybe more important, 100 walks), all set to take leave after '08, there will be plenty of money to invest in Santana.

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