Monday, December 10, 2012
Yankees "All Over" Ichiro
According to recent reports, the Yankees are allegedly "all over" Ichiro, and a deal may soon be had. This is good news for Yankee fans not because Ichiro solves our perceived offensive deficit, but because its the first interesting thing the Yankees have done this off season. Well, losing a bidding war to the Pirates was interesting, but this would be the first interesting development in our favor.
Posted by Fernando Alejandro at 11:23 AM
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I like Ichiro and I think he likes the Yankees Universe. The only play I remember from last year is his safe at home plate. It was priceless.
I really liked Ichiro, I'm a little skeptical about how he'll do over the course of a full season, but I think he's one of the better options out there for us.
He is one of the better options, which is a problem. The Yankees shouldn't have to worry about whether a declining Ichiro is available to sign a one-year deal.
Andruw Jones will play in Japan next year. He was bad last year, but it's unsettling to see all the options to fill the Yankees' gaps dropping off the table, with the Yankees not in the running for the two best OF free agents (Hamilton and Swisher).
Looks like I was wrong about Youkilis. I guess that's what happens if no other employer wants to hire you except for one guy who will give you twelve million dollars.
You cant lose a bidding war to the Pirates if you never make an offer in the first place. I think Cashman will feel comfortable having Bubba Crosby as the starting catcher next season.
This is what I don't understand about signing Youkilis for $12 million, but not making Martin an offer so he could take a 2/$17 deal playing for a team that probably won't make the postseason.
Pre-Youkilis, the Yankees had:
1. No starting 3B, but the prospect of ARod returning in June.
2. No starting catcher, period.
Now the Yankees have a rather expensive 3B who will have no position once ARod returns, and whose biggest issue is staying healthy himself. But they still have no catcher.
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