Monday, November 5, 2012
Considering the Free Agent Market
With the Yankees aiming to get under $189 million for 2014 it appears that they will not be a major presence in the free agent market this year. So the hopes of landing Zack Grienke, Josh Hamilton, and Edwin Jackson as our set up guy are fading quickly. However, the Yankees did free up about $65 million of their payroll and though they need to still settle arbitration contracts, they should still have a hefty chunk of cash in hand. Add this to the fact that we're shy a right fielder, 2 starters, a catcher, a closer and a DH, along with a host of bench players, it would appear that the Yankees have to do something in the free agent market. Assuming that they bring back Kuroda, Pettitte, Martin, Ibanez, Ichiro and Mariano, they've filled all these roles, but only one of those players (Martin) would likely be back for more than one year. It would mean that the Yankees would go into 2014 with only Sabathia, Hughes, and Nova, as sure options. It is for this reason that if the price is right, the Yankees should consider one Anibal Sanchez. A solid 3 guy, who could bolster our rotation, will be 29 next season, and pitched well for the Tigers, posting a 1.77 ERA in 3 starts in the postseason. A 4 or 5 year deal for a reasonable annual salary (maybe $13 million per year?) could be worth securing a starter beyond 2013. He's had a history of injury, but has posted about 195 innings in each of the last 3 years. He's entering that point in his pitching career where pitchers start pitching smarter not harder. What do you guys think?