Although the season isn't over, with the way the Yankees are playing and have played all season, I don't have high expectations. That being said, let's take a look at what the 2009 Yankees could look like.
First, here's a list of the expiring contracts:
Jason Giambi - $21 million
Bobby Abreu - $16 million
Andy Pettitte - $16 million
Mike Mussina - $10 million
Carl Pavano - $12 million
Latroy Hawkins - $1 million
Pavano and Hawkins don't leave any holes and Nady can replace Abreu. That leaves us in the market for 2 starting pitchers and a first baseman. At first base, the easy answer is Mark Teixeira, and the Yankees would be crazy not to go for him. The pitchers are a little tougher. There's no telling whether those guys will want to pitch another season, though Mussina likely will. Pettitte could decide after such a blown season that he wants to officially retire, and who would blame him. Whether or not Pettitte goes, the Yankees need to consider a strong push for Sabathia. Imagine a rotation like this:
Chien Ming Wang
The top three are as solid as you'll get, and if Moose can keep up his magic then we could really see alot happen. Plus if you add Pettitte to that rotation it looks that much better. Pettitte hasn't looked all that great this season, but he's still a gamer, and someone you'll want in the post season. Then you still have Hughes in the cut waiting for a chance to break in. Not a bad set up. The Yankees will also have to go for some relief, and Scott Downs may be a good guy to consider next season.
What are your thoughts? I didn't explore any trade ideas, but what are some moves you think the Yankees could make this off season?