If I were running the New York Yankees, this the potential team I would pursue in 2005:
C: Jorge Posada, John Flahrety
1B: Tino Martinez, John Olerud, Jason Giambi
2B: Todd Walker, Miguel Cairo, Enrique Wilson
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
LF: Hideki Matsui
CF: Bernie Williams, Kenny Lofton
RF: Gary Sheffield, Ruben Sierra
SP1: Randy Johnson
SP2: Mike Mussina
SP3: Carl Pavano
SP4: Jon Lieber
SP5: Javier Vazquez
LR: Orlando Hernandez, Tanyon Sturtze
MR: Tom Gordon, BJ Ryan
SU: Troy Percival
CL: Mariano Rivera
Now, I know I'm still getting some huge names (Unit, Pavano, Percival, etc.) but I'm sure all you Yankee haters would like this team much better than what George will probably do, acquiring Beltran, possibly Pedro, etc.
Catcher: Same two guys. Posada had a bad postseason but he's a leader on the team. Flahrety serves as a good backup who understands the pitching staff.
First Base: I like John Olerud. He provides great defense and a decent bat. Resign him. I'm bringing back Tino Martinez should Tampa decline his option. Tino was a big leader on the dynasty teams, and we need to bring some of that back. Though he doesn't have as much talent, he can provide great veteran leadership when combined with Jeter, Posada and Bernie. Giambi is a question mark. I'd trade him but who the hell wants his contract?
Second Base: Todd Walker isn't a must have, as I like Cairo. However, Walker is a very good player. I learned that watching the 2003 ALCS. Walker was a big part of that Red Sox team and I think he'd provide a good bottom of the order hitter and a good team player. Bring back Cairo and Wilson as backups for 2B, 3B and SS.
Third Base and Shortstop: No changes here. A-Rod and DJ.
Outfield: Same thing. No BELTRAN! Aren't you Yankee-haters happy? We don't need Beltran. Our offense is good enough. Sign Sierra back as a threat off the bench/DH.
Starting Pitching: Attempt a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks to send Kevin Brown, some prospects and cash for RJ. RJ desperately wants to be a Yank, and the D'Backs will have to trade him or they'll lose him to FA next year. Brown provides a decent SP solution until they raise their prospects. Maybe a 3-way trade if the D'Backs still don't want our minor-leaguers. The next thing I'd do is attempt to sign Carl Pavano or Matt Clement. A young arm in the staff is what the Yankees need. Other than that, leave Muss, Lieber and Vazquez in the rotation.
Long Relief: Sign back El Duque to work out of the bullpen or to take over for Vazquez if he struggles. Sign Sturtze back as he provided a good arm out of the 'pen.
Middle Relief: The Orioles will probably lose Ryan to free agency if they don't trade him. Nobody will come with a bigger want than the Yankees, who don't have a lefty worth mentioning. I'm not sure what they'd trade but if we throw Quantrill, some prospects and some cash at them, they might bite.
Set-up: I only say sign one of these two because Gordon has proved time and time again that he can't get it done in the postseason. Percival is old, but can serve as one of the league's best set-up men. The Yanks would be smart to sign him.
Closer: No change here.
With this roster, I think the Yankees would be a very complete team. Their lineup would look as follows:
1. Derek Jeter
2. Alex Rodriguez
3. Gary Sheffield
4. Hideki Matsui
5. Jason Giambi
6. Bernie Williams
7. Jorge Posada
8. Tino Martinez
9. Todd Walker
Last edited by ajgnydc722 on Thu Oct 21, 2004 8:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.