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Friday, December 06, 2013

Perry: With Robinson Cano gone, what’s next for Yankees?

Here’s the uncomfortable reality for the Yankees: You don’t merely replace a player like Robinson Cano. Cano, until Friday the Yanks’ franchise second baseman, has of course agreed to terms with the Mariners on a whopping 10-year contract. The upshot is that the Yankees have now lost one of the five best players in baseball.

So, if you’re the colossus in the Bronx coming off a rare playoff absence and bent on contention in 2014, what do you do? You make up ground in other areas.

Already, the Yankees have addressed the glaring need at catcher by inking Brian McCann, and the star-caliber Jacoby Ellsbury is also in the fold. Those are good things insofar as contention is concerned, at least in the near-term.

From the Yankees’ standpoint, the roadmap ahead involves, first and foremost, addressing Cano’s old position. The newly signed Kelly Johnson would likely constitute a five-win decline relative to Cano. For a team coming off an 85-win season and toiling in the brutal AL East, that’s too much to abide. The only realistic option on the market is Omar Infante, who figures to be a more palatable three- to four-win backslide from Cano’s levels.

Elsewhere, the Yankees can certainly tolerate Brett Gardner’s lack of power at the corner outfield spot thanks to his standout defense and base-running, but they need more production from the other flank position. The ideal solution would be to get in on Shin-Soo Choo, whose on-base skills and left-handed pop would fit perfectly. Our own Jon Heyman tweets that the Yankees have about $175 million left in the budget, which should be enough to land both Choo and Infante.

Thanks to VV.

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2013 at 02:46 PM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4612339)
Our own Jon Heyman tweets that the Yankees have about $175 million left in the budget, which should be enough to land both Choo and Infante.

Is Infante really an upgrade over Johnson though? And won't they need a few $ to re-sign Kuroda?
   2. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:10 PM (#4612367)
Choo would make the OF six deep. Who would be sent packing, Soriano, Wells and/or Ichiro?
   3. tfbg9 Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4612371)
Cano, until Friday the Yanks’ franchise second baseman, has of course agreed to terms with the Mariners on a whopping 10-year contract.


LOL WUT

Flounder saying "This is great!" springs to mind.
   4. ColonelTom Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4612380)
Infante can also play third and short. He'd be a nice mix-and-match guy for a team with question marks all over the infield.
   5. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4612385)
I think playing Johnson at second for this year and seeing what else comes available next year is fine. Or you could sign Infante in anticipation of Jeter spending most of the year on the 60-Day and make Johnson a utility guy, I guess.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:18 PM (#4612388)
Ed Whitson, Andy Hawkins, Matt Nokes, Steve Sax could all be in play. Mel Hall is no longer available however.
   7. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:20 PM (#4612392)
Corpse of Rod, Corpse of Jeter, Johnson, the incredible disappearing Teix is a hell of an infield.
   8. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4612399)
merely


You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
   9. tfbg9 Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4612402)
I mentioned to a Yankee fan co-worker that I thought the Yanks oughta pass on Cano, and sign Ells, Infante and Choo instead. Looks like that is in play...
   10. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:34 PM (#4612411)
I feel like this was a terrible play for the Yankees. Yes, 10/240 is insane. But you've basically exchanged Cano for McCann/Ellsbury who are going to run you 5/85 and 7/153, which is more money at a higher AAV for players who are Cano's age and have worse health history. Assuming everyone stays healthy, and that Kelly Johnson is a 2 WAR second baseman next year, we're talking about a 3 or 4 win improvement over this year's 79 win pythag at best. That's still not close to competitive unless everything breaks right, and I don't see where the help is coming from.

If you're going to splash on free agents and you have the ability to print money like the Yankees do, go big! Pay Cano. Pay Tanaka. Add Johnson and Ryan as backstops for your aging infield. Sign Infante anyways because between A-rod and Jeter you're going to need someone to basically be a full time infielder! Be the goddamned evil empire, cowards!
   11. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:35 PM (#4612414)
You don’t merely replace a player like Robinson Cano.

Once does not simply walk into Mordor, either. What's your point?
   12. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4612416)
Also, the Yankees reupped with Kuroda, 1 year, 16m. So at least now they have 3 starting pitchers.
   13. SG Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4612417)
Perry: With Robinson Cano gone, what’s next for Yankees?


I'll say 78 wins.
   14. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:37 PM (#4612420)
I think playing Johnson at second for this year and seeing what else comes available next year is fine.

Zobrist comes to mind.
   15. I Am Not a Number Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:38 PM (#4612421)
I imagine Dayne immediately reached for the Listerine, or at least the Purel, after typing the words "our own Jon Heyman".
   16. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:38 PM (#4612422)
I'll say 78 wins.

Ah, but will they finish with a better record than the Orioles? (Where's Andy?)
   17. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:38 PM (#4612423)
players who are Cano's age and have worse health history


And are, combined, not as valuable as Cano is in a typical season.
   18. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:50 PM (#4612431)
Zobrist comes to mind.

He's also likely to come to the Rays' mind when they exercise the $7.5M option for 2015 on him.
Choo would make the OF six deep. Who would be sent packing, Soriano, Wells and/or Ichiro?

They could trade Ichiro to the Mariners if he wants to finish his career with a contender
   19. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: December 06, 2013 at 04:22 PM (#4612453)
Ichiro could want to finish his career with a contender if he wanted to.
   20. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 06, 2013 at 04:28 PM (#4612457)
Zobrist comes to mind.


He's also likely to come to the Rays' mind when they exercise the $7.5M option for 2015 on him.


Yeah, Zobrist isn't going anywhere. He's dirt cheap and still a great player.
   21. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: December 06, 2013 at 04:41 PM (#4612470)
What do the following players have in common:

Derek Jeter
Vernon Wells
Ichiro Suzuki
Alfonso Soriano
Mariano Rivera
Mark Teixeira

If you guessed, "players who played on the 2013 Yankees", so are obviously correct.

If you guessed, "players who received MVP votes...in 2003", you are also correct.

Pettitte got votes in 2003 for Cy Young, too.

Holy ####, this team is old.
   22. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: December 06, 2013 at 04:45 PM (#4612478)
By contrast, BTW, the Red Sox had three players appear for them in 2013 who had played even a single full season by 2003: David Ortiz, John Lackey, and Ryan Dempster.
   23. zonk Posted: December 06, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4612484)
I don't want to jinx it...

But I could see McCann -- who has a ton of mileage for a 31 yo catcher -- getting old quick and sure, Ellsbury's injuries have been of the freak variety, but he's had two of them....

Welll... like I said - I'm starting to get a really strong 1980s era Yankee vibe from the org right about now.

Heck, all they need is for Hank to get caught consorting with known felons to spy on A-Rod... of course - Bud doesn't punish owners, so I suppose there would be no suspension...
   24. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 04:50 PM (#4612487)
I can't really back it up, but I think McCann is going to age well and remain useful into his late 30s.
   25. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4612524)
Yeah, Zobrist isn't going anywhere. He's dirt cheap and still a great player.

Yeah, I had forgotten about the dirt-cheap option.
   26. Mickey Henry Mays Posted: December 06, 2013 at 06:21 PM (#4612573)
The Stump Merrill era part duex. What's Jesse Barfield and Danny Tartabull up to these days? The worst 4 yr. run in Yankee history (post Highlander days) began following an 85 win season.
   27. Juan Uribe Marching and Chowder Society Posted: December 06, 2013 at 06:50 PM (#4612613)
I would choose New York over Seattle if New York was Maui.

EDIT: Dang, wrong article. I need to retire for the afternoon. Adieu.
   28. Blastin Posted: December 06, 2013 at 06:57 PM (#4612619)
The worst 4 yr. run in Yankee history (post Highlander days) began following an 85 win season.


Science!
   29. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 07:06 PM (#4612628)
They just need to start firing their manager every offseason.
   30. Moe Greene Posted: December 06, 2013 at 07:51 PM (#4612659)
What do the following players have in common:

Derek Jeter
Vernon Wells
Ichiro Suzuki
Alfonso Soriano
Mariano Rivera
Mark Teixeira

Who are 6 people who've never been in my kitchen?
   31. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 08:01 PM (#4612664)
Who are 6 people who've never been in my kitchen?


Who are 6 people with vowels in their name.
   32. Shoebo Posted: December 06, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4612693)
Yankees should sign Beltran to DH for them. Makes up for the lack of power in the outfield.
   33. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: December 06, 2013 at 09:08 PM (#4612703)
Dan Uggla is available.
   34. Howie Menckel Posted: December 06, 2013 at 10:26 PM (#4612730)

Couple of Yankees fans called WFAN today gingerly suggesting Alfonso Soriano to 2B in 2014. He turns 38 in January and has played 8 outs there since 2005 - and Mazeroski he wasn't, not even back in the day.

Yankees fan host Mike Francesa let them down gently, but the corpses of A-Rod, Jeter, and Soriano in the infield - maybe alongside a sore Tex - would be glorious. oh well.

   35. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:02 PM (#4612743)
Might as well put Tex back at third base then.
   36. KT's Pot Arb Posted: December 07, 2013 at 02:52 AM (#4612847)
Yankees should sign Beltran to DH for them. Makes up for the lack of power in the outfield


ShoeGrit Posted: December 06, 2013 at 07:47 PM (#4612693)


Almost 2 hours before official announcement. Methinks ShoeGrit has a mole in the organization.

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