With over $80 million coming off the payroll this season, the Yankees decided to go on a spending spree of epic proportion. We all know the names, Sabathia, Burnett and Teixeira, all of whom are elite players in their late 20's ready to compete. Decidedly absent is Andy Pettitte who will likely go else where or retire, which is a shame since he's been a monster in the post season. Though the Yankees say that the money faucet is off, and that they're done spending, if market conditions dictate, they could find themselves adding another bat. Manny and Boras are still looking for a $25 million per year deal over 4-5 years. The Dodgers and Giants are not interested in that kind of deal and may lose interest completely in this market. If the Dodgers or Giants would like to add another productive bat, Abreu and Dunn are still available. If the Dodgers and Giants add those players, then Manny will find himself a month from spring training without any suitors. At that point would he take a 1 year deal and try free agency the next season? I think a desperate player would be willing to try that. Otherwise, I think he'll go to the Dodgers on the cheap, but trust that if the Dodgers sign Abreu or Dunn, Manny will be screwed. I guess its a kind of poetic justice seeing as he quit on his team and comes across as the most selfish player behind Barry Bonds. Now, shockingly, teams aren't all that interested. If he with the Yankees on a one year deal, expect him to be a model citizen.
In other baseball related topics, the Yankees have DFA'd Shelley Duncan. I liked the man, but they never really gave him a chance. Kind of like Andy Phillip. Hopefully Duncan can pick up somewhere and forearm smash his way to success. The Yankees also added Jason Johnson to a minor league deal. This guy played a little while with the Red Sox in 2006, and the only memory I have of him is Carl Crawford stealing home with him on the mound.