Just read that the Yankees are keeping Damon Oppenheimer. What a shame. Given his success the last few years, this is amazing to me. Just do not understand how this is possible. Specially in this off-season. With the needs the Yankees have to field a playoff team in 2014 and beyond. We need draft choices and of course the higher the better going forwards.
That said I believe that we have three players that will be offered the so called Qualifying Offer. From all indication all three could refuse. If an offer is made and they sign elsewhere. The Yankees get a supplementary draft choice for that player.
Robinson Cano is the best second basement in baseball. He is not the best player in baseball. Yes he has produced at a high level, no doubt. He needs to be realistic. I see the Yankees giving him around 23 to 25 million average contract over 6 to 8 years. Both side need to be very creative in making this contract work to the Yankees advantage this off season. He will get paid. Yes he is a keeper but not at all costs. We all hope to see his monument in Yankee stadium some day. Jay-Z, you claim to be a self professed Yankee fan, time to prove it. You are creative in the recording studio. Can you be creative in contract language negotiations? Jay-Z you need to help figure out how to lower Cano's Annual Average Salary for 2014? Oh Well at least we would get a draft pick, if he leaves.
Hiroki Kuroda I believe you have proven that you are worth a 2 to 3 year deal in the range of 16 to 18 million a year. No one would blame you. If you jumped ship. I can see where this is possible for him to return to a California team. Has to be difficult to be away from your family. Even return back to his native land. But if 15 million on a one year deal does not keep him then let him walk. Sorry but we can get two reliable pitchers for around 15 million. Maybe not a #2 but at least a #3 and #4 starters. I hope you take the QO, but please sign somewhere else if you do not. We could use the draft pick.
Curtis Granderson you should take the QO. Everything I read screams of a contract for 3 maybe 4 years. All seem to want to pay you 13 to 14 million a year. You loose nothing by accepting the offer. Yes as always a risk is involved, that you may not play another season due to an injury. With your injury history I just do not see this happening. What I would like the Yankees to do is offer you a three year deal for around 12 to 13 million dollars a year. This is supplement based on performance bonus or playing time that would raise it up the last two years to a maximum of 16 million. Similar to what happened with Derek Jeter's contract. Sorry Curtis if you venture out you might get lucky and end up in Chicago. Playing on the Second Rated team in that city. The Chicago White Sox want you. Curtis, you would reach playoffs sooner as a Chicago Cubs. I hope your back in the Bronx next year. We need that left-handed power bat. No doubt your swing was tailor made for Yankee Stadium. But Curtis the Yankees have a limit ($189 million). You can help them make, that goal and the playoffs in 2014. If not good luck and we will take the draft pick.