Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A-Rod Probably Back.. So Now What?

Alright so if the rumors are true, and Alex is back in pinstripes, what does that mean for the Yankees?

Well for one thing, it means the Yankees will be fielding basically the same offense as they did this past year.

It also means that they now really need to focus on their pitching.

I'm honestly not sure how to feel about this. I do like Alex, but his playoff record since 2004 really does scare me.

And what is this going to do to the clubhouse chemistry now? He blew the team off, didn't return calls from the other players and basically turned his back on them...

That does honestly worry me.

But... Again, if the Yankees can get some pitching, and solidify the bullpen, the Yankees will once again be a team to fear.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Jorge Gets 4 Years.

So the Yankees signed Posada. They tried to get him with a 3 year deal, but that didn't work. So they were forced to give him the 4th year.

Thats a long contract for a 36-year-old, but the Yankees had no choice. Posada will give the Yankees some solid time behind the plate, but you have to figure he'll be eventually moved to firstbase, or to the DH spot.

All an all this was the one player the Yankees absoluty had to sign, and I'm glad they did.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox haven't been able to sign Lowell yet, and he is now on the open marker. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the Yankees stay far far away from him.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Don't Trade for a Third Baseman

Ok, heres my stance. The Yankees should not trade anybody for a third baseman.

They shouldn't trade for Crede, Atkins or Miguel Cabrera.

Furthermore, they shouldn't sign Mike Lowell.

Crede is a medicore player, coming off major back surgery. Plus, he'd likely cost the Yankees Johnny Damon. This would be a bad deal for the Yankees.

Go ahead and take a second to look at Garret Atkins home/away spilts.
He has hit .349 in Colorado, and .254 everywhere else..

Cabrera is a great player, no doubt. But hes going to cost the Yankees WAY to much. You don't trade stud pitching.

Mike Lowell is a great player at Fenway, but he would not be suited for the Yankees. Take a look at this article and this spray chart by River Ave Blues He would also more than likely be looking for a 4 year deal. Thats just to long.

The Yankees #1 concern this offseason, after Posada and Rivera, should be the BULLPEN.

Focus on building a dominent bullpen.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Alright I added a poll to the side.

This poll is based on this article, which speculates that A-Rod wants to at least sit down with the Yankees.

The question here isn't whether or not you think the Yankees should try and sign Alex, the question is should they enter into talks with him at all? Is it worth it to try and negotiate with him and Boras, or should the Yankees turn their backs completely?

With the Yankees out of the picture, Alex's price gets driven way down. No team can match the type of extension plan the Yankees were planning on offering. That hurts A-Rod bottom line.

On the other hand, there are no real attractive third basemen options out there. Put all the crazy trade talk aside for now. The Yankees aren't going to be trading Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy to get Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins.

So who plays third? Joe Crede? Wilson Betemit? Arron Boone? Scott Brosuis?

I think the chances are very good that Alex and Boras have trouble finding teams willing to pay as much as they're looking for. More and more organizations are seeing that it takes more than one player to win. If that happens, and Alexs' price keeps dropping, do the Yankees at least have a sit down with him?

Feel free to answer the poll and leave any comments you might have below.