I would HATE to see Maddux pitching for NY next year. The last thing they need is an over the hill former superstar who will only give them 5 innings every time out. I question Colon's work ethic from what I've heard, if he's given a lengthy contract. Benitez is a definate NO.
But I would love to see Hawkins in a Yankee uniform next year to go along with Heredia, Karsay and another lefty like Rhodes, setting up Mo.
Of the pitchers available, my first choice would be Schilling if he doesn't go to the Red Sox. Why? The guy is a proven winner and is just the guy to replace the power pitcher that was Roger Clemens. Sure Schilling is old like Maddux, but the difference is that I think Schilling still has MUCH more left in the tank. He'll still give you 7 innings or more every time out.
Vazquez would surely be nicer to have than Schilling because of the age, but Schilling is a better pickup IMO because of the greater cost it would take to land Vazquez. Now is not the time to trade Soriano, especially when you're getting an older pitcher with less future potential than Soriano has. I'd be fine with trading Nick Johnson for Schilling or Vazquez, but Soriano needs to stay.
I'd like to see Soriano in the OF though.
Hopefully Weaver can be unloaded somehow and obviously, Pettite MUST be back.
1 Giambi (if surgery goes well)
2 K. Matsui (I was against it at first, but Castillo's hip worries me)
LF H. Matsui
RF Sheffield (its inevitable isn't it?)
Bench A solid backup 1B, though I don't know who's out there
SP5 Leiber/ Wells
CL Mr. Automatic
We shall see though