The Yankees 2013 season is over and the off-season doesn't "really" begin until after the World Series concludes. But, isn't it fun to make your voice heard concerning what moves you think that the Yankees should make? In this fan-post, I am telling my tale of my Yankees off-season through my eyes.
Well, first of all, due to the players under contract already for 2014, the money needed to pay extra luxuries and for the arbitration-eligible players and Derek Jeter's player option pickup, the Yankees will only have approximately $55 million dollars to spend this off-season on free agents.
1. Resign Robinson Cano. But don't break the bank for him. He is the best 2nd baseman in baseball I believe, but certainly not the best player in the game or worth giving a $200 million contract to. He is already 31 and he wouldn't be the guy he was at the beginning of the contract as he would be at the back end of that type of deal.
2. Resign Joe Girardi to a 3-4 year deal worth $12-16 million. He did a great managing job with a mostly injury-riddle team, oh don't forget old team too in 2013 and I for one would expect him to do an even better job with a healthier, (and younger) team next season.
3. Resign Curtis Granderson. He is coming off an injury-shortened season, so his stock shouldn't be sky high. Though, he does provide the Yankees with an option to put out there capable of holding the position down for a year or so until the youngsters come up, while giving them speed and power from the left side, which plays to the short porch in right field. He should be worth a $10 million contract for a year.
4. Give Ronnier Mustelier a chance in the Majors. He has already shown he can hit in the Minors, and was pretty impressive with the bat in the spring last year before getting injured. I say if he does the same thing this year, why not take a chance with him? He can share the time with Eduardo Nunez. Additionally, both players can play multiple positions.
5. Platoon J.R Murphy and Romine. They're both young, cost-effective and have shown the Yankees some positive signs lately.
6. Sign Brendan Ryan and Mark Reynolds. Ryan is one of, if not the best defensive shortstop in baseball and should come cheap, giyen his offensive numbers. Platoon him with Jeter, so you get the best out of the shortstop position, from an offensive and defensive standpoint. Plus, he only costs $3 million for a year. Reynolds is a great homer guy and that is good to have if your home ballpark is Yankee Stadium. He would only be worth about $5 million.
7. Trade or release Vernon Wells. I like his veteran leadership, but you need guys to help you out on offense and qiute frankly, Wells isn't one of them. Add to that the fact that he's 34 and it's spells a pretty reasonable observation that he won't fix his problems.
8. Trade for Hector Santiago. I feel very strong about this guy. He doesn't cost much, he's a grinder that will throw a lot of pitches each game. He has a decent fastball that can catch up to 95 MPH at times, and a breaking ball capable of getting strikeouts. Plus, he's only 25 years old.
So, the Yankees team would be:
C: J.R Murphy/ Romine
1B: Teixeira/ Reynolds
2B: Cano/ Nunez/ Reynolds/ Mustelier
3B: Mustelier/ Nunez/ Reynolds
SS: Jeter/ Ryan/ Nunez
OF: Granderson/ Gardner/ Ichiro/ Almonte/ Soriano/ Mustelier
1. C.C Sabathia
2. Ivan Nova
3. Hector Santiago
4. David Phelps
Long: David Huff and Adam Warren
Looks like a good team to me. So, to conclude, if the Yankees make these moves in the off-season, they will have a good year in 2014 and be primed for a postseason run. They will also be considerably younger by average than they were a year before.