New York Yankees State Of The Union For 2017: Stemming The Tide For Upcoming Seasons
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I will be the first one to give credit to Brian Cashman for arranging the July Trade Deadline deal moves to free up a rebuild on the fly. The Yankees rewarded their longterm GM by continuing their season streak of over .500 to 22 years.
As it sits right now the clubs projected roster is looking to be in the $167 MIL range for total team salary. Unfortunately they are still on the hook to CC Sabathia for $25 MIL and Alex Rodriguez for $21 MIL in 2017. even though latter is not even on the roster anymore.
So what do the Yanks do this winter? They are perennial abusers of the Salary Tax Threshold, and have been paying 50% of their dollars spent beyond the limit for the last several years.
With the news of talks proceeding on that number potentially reaching $200 MIL or under the new CBA, the Pinstripers should definitely dole out some bread for Free Agents this offseason.
I would say that for the Bronx Bombers to be competitive for the AL East, they need to add at least $50 MIL in players salaries this winter in order to fight the Jays and Red Sox for the Division.
Designated Hitter is another situation altogether. I for one. would not sign Carlos Beltran back if he costs more than $12 MIL -and definitely not longer than 1 year.
For the hot corner. Chase Headley has not lived up to potential, and you could possibly deal him away if the club were to eat some cash on the remainder of his deal, however I also think he could still provide average numbers across the board.
With Jacoby Ellsbury being too similar of a player to Gardner, and also him being owed $36.5 MIL over the next 3 years, this would free up some cash over the duration of the deal.
I happen to think Granderson would still thrive at Yankee Stadium playing LF, and Gardner would give the Mets the true CF they need.
I have seen enough of the Gardner/Ellsbury top of the lineup mix to think it will not work. Since Ellsbury is not tradeable with his contract, Gardner would be a viable option.
The biggest name on the Yankees list has to be Aroldis Chapman. At $16- $17 MIL a year – the Yankees should not even bat an eye – and sign the man for 5 or 6 years. Combined with Dellin Betances, New York eill really be able to shorten games.
i think it is a no brainer to earmark Rich Hill for this Staff. The Yankees can offer good money, and even potentially run a 6 man rotation if need be.
I would not pay any other top Free Agent Pitchers to come to the Bronx.
The biggest need for an upgrade has to come in the 1B/RF and DH area.
My top list to sign Free Agents are as follows
Edwin Encarnacion. 1B/DH 4 Years and $95 Max salary.
Jose Bautista. RF/DH: 2 Years and $35 MIL
Chris Carter: 1B/OF/DH: No more than 2 years at $9 MIL per AAV
Pedro Alvarez: DH: 1 Year $7 – $8 MIL
Carlos Beltran: DH/RF: I would not go more than 1 YR, $12 MIL.
If the club wants to go on the cheap to fill out DH, I think that a deal for Logan Morrison or would be okay for a one year pact in the $5 or $6 MIL range.
The club should definitely do everything in its power to sign Edwin Encarnacion. If they could have a DH club 30 HRs+ and add 100 RBI for the next 3 – 4 years. it would take a lot of pressure of the young guys – and in particular Gary Sanchez
With Bird coming off injury. and Tyler Austin only having limited time at 1B. having an answer to replace those guys on the roster would also be an idea oo.
While I love Beltran, yet his age is a concern in my view. His lack of playing in the field has to be considered a deterrent..
New York is undoubtedly revving up their engines to rake a run at Bryce Harper in the 2018 winter, and could easily peacemeal it together on the roster for a couple of seasons to make it there.
Young talented prospects are fantastic to have, but need time to cultivate by playing everyday
I would also highly expect Jake Arrieta to be front and center in their plans for the 2017 Free Agent Class of pitchers. Also lookout for these pending Free Agents to possibly reside at Yankee Stadium: Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Carlos Gonzalez and J.D. Martinez.
Yu Darvish, Matt Harvey, Dallas Keuchel and Garrett Richards are the cream of the crop when it comes to Free Agent Pitchers prior to the 2019 season. I expect the Yankees to land one of these fine gentlemen.
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Posted on November 30, 2016, in Free Agency, MLB Teams State Of the Unions and tagged aaron judge, AL East, Andrew McCutchen, andrew miller, blue jays, brian cashman, Brian McCann, bryce harper, carlos beltran, Carlos G0nzalez, cc sabathia, chase headley, chicago cubs, chris archer, chris carter, chris sale, clint frazier, curtis granderson, dallas keuchel, dellin betances, didi gregorius, edwin encarnacion, garrett richards, Gleyber Torres, Gregory Bird, j.d. martinez, jacoby ellsbury, jake odorizzi, jose bautista, logan morrison, Luis Cessa, luis severino, manny machado, masahiro tanaka, matt joyce, michael brantley, michael pineda, new york mets, pedro alvarez, red sox, rich hill, sonny gray, starlin castro, todd frazier, tyler austin, tyler clippard, yu darvish. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.