Originally Posted by piney
I think the guys out will be:
Jones (age/performance), Ichiro (age/they choose between Ichiro and Ibanez and I think Ibanez is the lefty bat off the bench), Swisher (free agent/performance), A-Rod (trade), Soriano (opt out), Hughes (trade)
I think they probably entertain Mo for a 1 year deal and also flirt with Drob as the closer of the future. I think they shop Hughes and probably get a very nice return. I'm thinking they explore the Justin Upton rumors.
I stay away from Hamilton and BJ Upton, but I'd like to see them make a move on Michael Bourn. Granderson stays, option is cheap and he still plays a great centerfield and has nice speed.
I think they can resign Andy and Kuroda. Kuroda probably would be more expensive. Pineda comes into the fold. Nova probably comes back. Pitching free agency looks thin. Don't know if I want to take a chance with Anibal Sanchez or a Shaun Marcum.
there are plenty of relievers out there to be had, so I think they can mock up and holes in the bullpen they may get.
the key is how does the A-Rod situation work out, can Pineda pitch, and do they have any kids that can step up and make the team.
I actually think they try to hold on to Ichiro. He has at least one more year in him IMO. He's probably the opening day starter in RF.
And they could probably keep Ibanez, too.
I won't be surprised to see them ship Hughes for a bat. But who?
It'll be interesting to see how Pineda works out.
And who, if anyone, is worth bringing up from the minors?
A-Rod has to be done here. They can't bench him like this and expect everything to be OK.