The New York Yankees will in the next few days have their season shut down for the winter. Now, many expect them to go through about a stretch of 2-3 years of dreadful baseball. But, I still believe that if they can be flexible and creative enough, they can possibly make a run to the playoffs as soon as next year. It's all in how strategically they think.
1. Resign Robinson Cano to a 6-year, $150 million contract. P.S: This is not for an average of $25 million per year. The Yankees have to find a way to satisfy Robbie with this offer. Maybe offer him $19 million the 1st and last years of the contract, and $28 in the 4 middle ones.
2. Sign either Brian McCann or dare I say it, Jarrod Saltalamachia! Heck, the Yankees only have so much options right now. The great thing is that either can be had for anywhere ranging from $10-15 million. The 3rd option would be start J.R Murphy, but knowing the leaders of the organization, that's most likely not happening.
3. Resign Curtis Granderson or sign Corey Hart. Both can be had at around the $3-10 million price range. Another option is Zoilo Almonte, but we all know that's not happening. Plus, both, if healthy can provide much needed pop and run production.
4. Sign back both Brendan Ryan and Mark Reynolds and platoon them with Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez, giving these two more starts. The two would cost a combined approximately $7 million and both are nice pickups, that provide separately pop and great defense for cheap.
5. Sign either Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum or Matt Garza. I'll rank 'em. 1. Tim Lincecum, 2. Matt Garza, 3. Josh Johnson. Although Josh Johnson is the cheapest option, he is the most risky. Matt Garza is probably the most safe one here.
6. Sign Joel Hanrahan. He is another low risk, high reward player, just in case they do sign Josh Johnson. If he is healthy, he can be a backup, just in case D-Rob is hurt, tired or in a slump, or can be a great set-up man.
All in all, these free agent signings should make the Yankees at least in a fight for the postseason next season.
The total cost is from $48 million- 69 million dollars.I would say that the Yankees have enough money to make these moves and set it right next year.