I checked the 2 blogs out and they are very well written. A few things stood out to me:
If the Yankees were to part ways with Rivera, Posada, Rodriguez, Abreu, Clemens and Pettitte, they'd cut payroll by roughly $90-95 million dollars (this is of course, before they re-sign replacements for those listed above). After the 2008 season, the contracts of Mike Mussina, Jason Giambi, Carl Pavano and Kyle Farnsworth come off the books. That's another $45-50 million dollars off the books before replacements...for a grand total of $140-150 million dollars cut in payroll after the 2008 season.
Can't they pick and choose who they bring back?? Why not bring back the first 3 and let the rest walk??
I would also say that Hank's statement about a trasition period is nothing more than giving Mattingly a built in excuse should the team not succeed.
First of all, thanks. To be honest, I much prefer the sort of back and forth 'debate' that these forums allow for, instead of simply writing articles, but I don't see any real career opportunities for that unless I can get on the Sports Reporters or Around the Horn.
So I'm definitely trying to work on my writing.
Secondly on your points, absolutely. I don't necessarily think that cutting everyone loose is the best way to go, but it is interesting that, despite all of the Yankees bad moves over the years, they could wait it out until after next year and essentially wipe the books clean.
I might write about my 'vision' in the future, but I think signing Posada and Rodriguez are both very good moves. I'm a bit more on the fence with Rivera logically
speaking, sentimentally he's my favorite player and I'd never want to see him leave.
I think it really depends on what direction the Yankees want to go in. I think signing Posada and A-Rod makes a lot of sense for the future. I think that Rivera, Abreu and Pettitte are signings that would be more geared towards helping the team next year. Rivera would make Joba's transition to the rotation easier, because you'd still have a stud in the bullpen and he'd obviously continue to provide the rock in the bullpen that he's been for a long time. However, he is getting older and is in his declining stages, and to get him next year you'll have to sign him for at least 3 years at big money....which means you'll miss out on K-Rod and Nathan as potential replacements next offseason. Abreu and Pettitte are ideal for next year because they have 1-year options. The Yanks can bring them back for a run next year and then say their goodbyes.
I think it all depends on what direction they want to go in next year.