3. Will the Yankees re-tool?
How quickly we forget the Yankees won 95 games and had the second-best run differential in the majors during the regular season. It’s easy to panic—as Joe Girardi did—over a team-wide slump that occurred at the wrong time of the season, but the foundation for a division winner remains. Assuming they bring back free agents Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte, you still have what should be an elite rotation with CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, the possible return of Michael Pineda, plus the possibility they go after Greinke or another free agent pitcher (Kyle Lohse, Anibal Sanchez, Ryan Dempster).
There’s not a lot they can do with the offense. The rumors will float out there, but trading Alex Rodriguez seems like an impossible task. They should be willing to move Curtis Granderson to a corner outfield position and slide Brett Gardner to center or sign a better defensive center fielder like B.J. Upton (like Dave Cameron suggested) or Michael Bourn. But while the Yankees would like to get younger and faster, it doesn’t make sense to tear apart the best team in the American League just yet.
10. Who will be the surprise big spender?
Here’s my dark horse: The Mariners have only one player signed past 2013: Felix Hernandez. The only other two players making big money in 2013 are Franklin Gutierrez and Chone Figgins. This is a team with a lot of payroll flexibility if it’s willing to spend—and able to attract players to Seattle, of course. Moving in the fences might help to bring in a hitter the team desperately needs. Competing in a division with the Rangers and Angels and now the A’s, the Mariners might have to take some chances on the free agent market to build a competitive team.
Posted: November 02, 2012 at 09:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
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