It's Thanksgiving 2010. The Yankees have just won the World Series due to a series of scheduling changes designed to increase ratings. The ticker tape parade is tomorrow. Brian Cashman has two things to do on his to-do list: 1. Call Carl Crawford and ask him if he would like to win the World Series in 2011; 2. Call Roy Halladay and ask if he would like to win the World Series in 2011.
But before we get there, decisions have to be made about this year's free agent crop. There are reports that the Yankees will take a hard look at John Lackey. Lackey is a good pitcher who can be brilliant when you need him to be. Think El Duque when he was doing his thing. He is not, however, likely to be worth the possible $100M+ that it will take to sign him. Should the Yankees wrap that much payroll up in a player like Lackey when Crawford and Halladay are a year away from free agency?
I think the big question is, who is this year's Nick Swisher? Who is the player that the Yankees should be looking at, who is not an obvious candidate for difference maker, but would be exactly that?