BritSox wrote:Hang on though.... the Yanks' rotation for next year seems pretty set. RJ, Moose, Pavano and Wright will all be back, and I'd be inclined to think they'd be happy enough with Wang or Small, given this year's performance. Matsui only wants to play in NY, so they'll re-up with him. Giambi's resurgence sorts out 1B, leaving only 2B, CF and the bullpen as places to spend the cash recouped by getting Brown off the books. The 2b market is thin, so they'll probably stick with Cano as he's cheap and has upside.
Therefore.... unless they break the bank for Damon, the Yanks'll probably find some kind of stopgap CF (which would still, in all likelihood, upgrade them over this year- maybe Roberts?) and throw some cash at the BP. Only other alternative i can think of is to sign a big-name corner OF and play Matsui in center.
That's one HUGE Padres exodus this offseason though. Maybe they'll just go into full-on rebuilding mode.
Don't forget Chacon either. I'm pretty sure there's a cheap option on him that they'll likely take up.
Cano's had a great last 10 games to rebound from a bad month and its clear that they're going to stick with him. 28 doubles in 112 games That may very well be one of the very best doubles/games ratios in baseball.
BP is the area you can expect them to try to spend money. I'd like to see Tom Gordon resigned even at his age, but I don't know what else is out there. They'll be looking for a lefty no doubt.
I'm not sure how he's doing in CF defensively yet, but it'll be interesting to see if they give Kevin Thompson a shot at it. He's tearing up AAA, bats leadoff, steals bags and has a great OBP. Alternatively, if he can't play Center, Matsui could with him playing Left.
As for the "go out a sign a big-name corner OF and move Matsui to Center" thought...problem is...who's the big-name FA corner OF? Nobody really.
I believe Torii Hunter is a FA next year, so its possible they may try to just fill the void for a year and wait for him.
So I really have to agree...I don't see NY being big spenders (on players other than their own) this year.