New York Yankees: 5 Things Team Has To Do This Off-Season
The New York Yankees are looking at a rough off-season and an off-season that is going to be filled with a lot of questions and headlines. The biggest question is the big elephant in the room, Alex Rodriguez. General Manager Brian Cashman will have to make a huge decision regarding Rodriguez. Rodriguez is looking like he will be getting traded this off-season but nothing is set in stone at this point.
Another thing Cashman will have to address is the offense. Does the team take a chance and re-sign players like Ichiro Suzuki, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano? The team will also have to take a look at the bench and try to get an inexpensive upgrade that will help the team when the stars are hurt or struggling.
Finally, Cashman will have to find a perfect fifth starter for the 2013 rotation. It is suspected that CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova will be in the rotation and Michael Pineda should be healthy enough to return for his first season with the Yankees. Andy Pettitte remains a question mark for the 2013 season, which could make the team look at a starting pitcher this off-season. A young starter would be an upgrade over an older Pettitte.
This is going to be a big off-season for the franchise. A lot of decisions will have to made and questions will have to be answered. Luckily, the Yankees have been through this before and Cashman knows what to do to put a winner out on the field.
Trade Alex Rodriguez
It seems like in everyone's mind Alex Rodriguez is already gone. Rodriguez's conduct in the latter part of the postseason has executives and fans wondering if he is leaving now. I will tell you now that Brian Cashman needs to trade Rodriguez no matter how much money the team will have to eat. He is poison now and he is not helping the team.
Acquire Inexpensive Hitting
What the Yankees lack right now, looking from the postseason performance, is hitting. The team cannot hit. Cashman needs to address this by going after some kind of hitting. Names that come to mind are Angel Pagan, Juan Pierre and Ryan Theriot. If not those people, someone who will be willing to split time between starting and sitting on the bench.
Re-Sign Robinson Cano
Robinson Cano is still young and regardless of what he did in the postseason, he still was a great hitter during the season. Cano has a $15 million club option but since he did so well during the season, contract extension is in order.
Re-Sign Ichiro; Let Nick Swisher Walk
Nick Swisher is looking for a Jayson Werth-type deal this off-season and for the Yankees to give him that is not worth it at all. Swisher struck out 141 times, the most since 2006 and batted a mere .272. His power numbers were there but with his recent trend in the postseason, any huge type deal would not be worth it.
If the Yankees invest any money this off-season it has to be in the rotation. The team should bring back Hiroki Kuroda and then get a solid fifth starter off the free agent talent pool. Zack Greinke is a name that pops up but with the team wanting to be under the luxury tax line, Greinke could be out of the question. Anibal Sanchez, Shaun Marcum and Jonathan Sanchez could all be names on the Yankees' target list this off-season.