“Our offense is fine, it doesn’t make any sense to allocate more dollars and risk there,” another official said. “Even if we lose CC [Sabathia], what sense would it make to spend the money on more offense when what we need would be starting pitching.”
In fact, despite all of the over-heated speculation about what the Yankees will do this offseason, a combination of reporting and instinct leads me to think they are going to push hard to retain Sabathia then do little beyond supplementary stuff. Believe me, as the baseball columnist for the New York Post, I wish I could tell you the Yankees’ plans were to do an Occupy Wall Street-like vigil outside the Mariners’ offices until Seattle capitulates and finally trades Felix Hernandez.
Or that some brilliant Yankees mind noticed that Mark Teixeira played 15 games at third base in 2003, instigating a domino effect in which he moved back to the hot corner, Rodriguez became the full-time DH and the Yankees signed Albert Pujols to play first base.
...The other obvious area in which the Yankees can get better internally is with a return to 30-100 land by A-Rod. He is 36, just had a career-worst season and you wonder about the lingering impact of steroid use: Can he not perform at a high level at this age without illegal performance enhancers or is his body deteriorating quicker because of past use?