The majority of the attention this off season will swirl around C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira.
While I think it'll be the smaller, less attention grabbing moves that make or break the Yankees, I couldn't go the entire off season with out talking about these two.
By now you've all seen the stats and the arguments for each.
I'd say that generally the majority are calling for the Yankees to pony up the dough and sign C.C. for a long time.
I don't agree.
I think Tex is the way to go. I wouldn't mind the Yankees shelling out a 7 or 8 year contract for him.
The idea of the Yankees as an offensive threat is getting as old as the players themselves. I think it's fair to expect the majority of the Yankees offensive numbers to drop, and the available minor league options right now do little to cause encouragement for future offensive production coming from within, save for maybe two or three prospects.
On the other hand, the Yankees are stacked with highly regarded pitching prospects. Some are close to major league ready, others are still developing.
That, along with the availability via free agency of other half-way decent pitchers (Burnett, Lowe, Garland, Dempster, etc) makes picking C.C. over Texeria the wrong choice.
There are other things to consider, like how C.C. has logged over 500 innings on that left arm in just 2 seasons, or how badly he has preformed in the few playoff appearances he's had.
At the end of the day, I feel better about the Yankees when I picture Texeria on the roster, rather than C.C.
Then again, maybe they'll sign both. That'd be ok too.