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?
Posted by Fernando Alejandro at 1:05 PM
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Sounds good to me. The Yankees can't take on any more $100 million contracts. They need to look for mid- and short-term deals. If Sanchez will take a mid-year deal like what you suggest, I think it's a good fit.
I hope everyone finds the time to vote today.
I sure did. Made me late for work, but I got it in!
Good news. Apparently no one votes in Rochester because I had no wait at 8:30. There was one other voter at the polling place when I arrived.
Congratulations on another successful year donating to the CHF!
Yeah! I just made the payment today. Yankees were clobbering them this year. Turns out homeruns don't win you championships.
Home runs do win championships, but only if you hit them in the playoffs as well as the regular season. The Yankees conclusively proved that strikeouts and weak groundouts don't win championships.
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