Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
posted at 10/5/2011 12:42 AM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
[QUOTE]Moon - I am always interested in your take on things. Last year you felt that NY would continue to age and with it, their skills may decline a bit, maybe even taking them out of contention. How do you see NY moving forward? Even I cannot be as optimistic about what Garcia and Colon can do moving forward.
Posted by jesseyeric[/QUOTE]
1) I always try hard to be objective with my Yanks analysis. I have been wrong so many times with them. I don;t think I was alone in thinking their starting pitching had major holes this year. Colon and garcia were shockingly good, but Hughes was a downer.
2) Age: ARod and Jete showed their age a bit this year, but Mo keeps on going. Posada is done. The Yanks seemed to pick up the slack for these guys. (Chavez, Martin, and a bustout Grandy year).
3) Going forward?
Posada ($13M) easy upgrade here.
Chavez ($1.5M) could be back
Garcia ($1.5M) not easy to bring back or replace.
A.Jones ($1.5M) easy to replace.
Colon ($900K) Not easy.
Mitre ($900K) Easy
Ayala ($650K) Easy
ARod gets older and has a bum hip. I gotta think they want him to start DHing more now that Jorge is gone. That means they need a quality 3Bman back-up and I'm not sure Chavez can be that guy.
I get a lot of grief for my position on Jeter's fielding, but as a Sox fan, I'm glad they keep putting him out there. They guy can hit and seems to make the plays when they need 'em, so what can i say.
I think Swisher is back at $10,25M option. Cano is a no brainer option at $14M.
I like Gardner. Maybe Grandy might come down a notch, but Swish could take up that slack.
Their offense will be top 3 again, but they need to work on their staff. I can't really make a call until i see who they get, but if they repeat the Colon/Garcia miracle again this year, Cashman deserves GM of the Year honors. It truly was a miracle.
PS I like your takes on things as well.