The Yankees have won their 27th world championship, and that sweet taste of victory is one we will need repeated year after year. So now, what do the Yankees need to repeat in 2010? Here are some things to consider.
-Right now Cashman is stating that both Joba and Hughes will be going into spring training as starters. I would be shocked however, if they were both still starters by the time spring training is over. Assuming Pettitte returns for another year, the Yankees would be best served adding another starter, but the question is who? This is one of the weakest free agent crops in a while, and the pitching market is particularly famished. There are only two type A pitchers in the list and those are John Lackey and Randy Wolf. John Lackey would be a strong addition, but may be a little too costly. He had a good post season, shutting out the Red Sox for 7.1 innings in the ALDS, and putting up a 3.65 ERA against us in two starts. Would he be worth AJ Burnett type money? I don't know. A trade for a guy like Kazmir would be my vote, but what would we want to give up for him? You can't get something for nothing, unless of course Cashman pulls another Betemit for Swisher type trade. Kei Igawa for Kazmir?
-We have a vacancy in left field, and many want to bring back Damon for a couple seasons. This allows the Yankees to keep a strong bat in the lineup while developing Austin Jackson for a potential future call up. However, this idea becomes a little difficult if Damon wants more than the 2 years that should realistically be given to him. If Damon does not come back, expect the Yankees to pursue one of Jason Bay or Matt Holiday.
-We had a strong bullpen throughout the year, and the recent trend of having our minor leaguers compete for bullpen slots seems to be working. Paying a few million for a free agent releiver just isn't cost effective, considering that releif pitchers can be very inconsistant. But is there any releiver out there you may consider? Billy Wagner? Octavio Dotel? Darren Oliver? Oliver shut us down for 5 appearances in the postseason, but we broke out against him in game 5. There are some strong releivers to consider.
-Hideki Matsui. He hit .274 with 28 homeruns and 90 RBI's this year, and was the world series MVP. Do you bring him back for another season? The tricky part with Matsui is that his knees are a serious problem. Matsui played 93 games in 2008, because of his knee issues, and I can only assume those problems won't get better with age. A healthy Matsui can do some damage, but we may not find a healthy Matsui next season. Either way, the Yankees should consider bringing him back. If he goes down for the season, we lose a DH. Guys like Damon and Posada will need some time at DH as it is.
-I liked Hinske's production off the bench. We should sign him for another season. If we don't, we should keep Shelley Duncan on the bench. Occasional pop is good to have off the bench.
What else do you think the Yankees should consider for 2010?