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    Maybe we do have room for one of those big bats.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/8...ore-players#tb

    Yanks shedding salaries to go after more players

    by Ken Rosenthal

    Scream all you want about the Yankees' spending. Club officials continue to say that the team's projected payroll will be lower than it was last season.

    Consider the list of players coming off the Yankees' 2008 roster — and the players who could or will take their approximate salary slots in 2009. See table:

    ROSTER CHANGES

    2008
    Jason Giambi, $23.4M
    Bobby Abreu, $16M
    Mike Mussina, $11M
    Kyle Farnsworth, $5.9M

    2009
    CC Sabathia
    A.J. Burnett
    Nick Swisher
    Mike Cameron

    The Yankees also are shedding Carl Pavano's $11 million salary and trying to re-sign Andy Pettitte or add another pitcher for less than the $16 million that Pettitte earned in '08.

    So, general manager Brian Cashman could have one big move left even if he added a Cameron — and even after re-signing lefty reliever Damaso Marte for $12 million over three years and accounting for salary increases to other players.

    That move might not be for Mark Teixeira, though the Yankees probably could fit him into their 2009 payroll if they structured his contract creatively. More likely, they will go for a lesser bat, maybe even Abreu at a discounted rate.

    The Yankees were criticized a year ago for failing to obtain left-hander Johan Santana, but in hindsight their plan makes sense.

    Rather than trade young assets such as Phil Hughes for Santana, they simply waited for Sabathia — who beat Santana for the 2007 American League Cy Young Award and outpitched him in the NL last season.

    Long-term contracts for pitchers are always risks, and both Sabathia and Burnett are coming off heavy workloads in '08. But Burnett, who turns 32 on Jan. 3, will be the oldest of the Yankees' top four starters.

    Meanwhile, the Yankees still have Hughes, who eventually could figure into their rotation. They used Jeff Marquez, another pitcher in the Santana discussions, to help land Swisher. And Cabrera, who also would have gone to the Twins for Santana, ultimately could bring them Cameron.
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    One reason I don't want Tex is that it ties up another infield position for 8 years. And in a year or 2, either Jeter goes to 1st, or Jeter goes to 3rd and Arod goes to first.

    Plus, what if Posada needs to play a little first to go easy on his shoulder.

    I would rather see the Yanks stand pat, and then next year when Matsui and Damon come off the books, you can spend money on the Colorado OF, or do something else like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chirorob View Post
    One reason I don't want Tex is that it ties up another infield position for 8 years. And in a year or 2, either Jeter goes to 1st, or Jeter goes to 3rd and Arod goes to first.

    Plus, what if Posada needs to play a little first to go easy on his shoulder.

    I would rather see the Yanks stand pat, and then next year when Matsui and Damon come off the books, you can spend money on the Colorado OF, or do something else like that.
    Holliday is in Oakland now, but that is a very good point. We will have to construct a whole new outfield next season.

    Damon, Cameron (Postive we will trade for him), Matsui, and Nady will all be FA next off season.

    Here is a list.

    LF-
    Jason Bay
    Carl Crawford - $10MM club option with a $1.25MM buyout
    Johnny Damon
    Matt Holliday
    Hideki Matsui

    CF-
    Rick Ankiel
    Coco Crisp - $8MM club option with a $500K buyout

    RF-
    Jermaine Dye - $12MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
    Brian Giles
    Ken Griffey Jr.
    Vladimir Guerrero
    Xavier Nady
    Magglio Ordonez - $15MM club/vesting option with a $3MM buyout
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Durden View Post
    Holliday is in Oakland now, but that is a very good point. We will have to construct a whole new outfield next season.

    Damon, Cameron (Postive we will trade for him), Matsui, and Nady will all be FA next off season.

    Here is a list.

    LF-
    Jason Bay
    Carl Crawford - $10MM club option with a $1.25MM buyout
    Johnny Damon
    Matt Holliday
    Hideki Matsui

    CF-
    Rick Ankiel
    Coco Crisp - $8MM club option with a $500K buyout

    RF-
    Jermaine Dye - $12MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout
    Brian Giles
    Ken Griffey Jr.
    Vladimir Guerrero
    Xavier Nady
    Magglio Ordonez - $15MM club/vesting option with a $3MM buyout
    Lots of guys out there. Hopefully the Yanks fill 1 spot from within, sign 1 player to fill another, and you can always platoon the 3rd OF spot.

    Do you think Gardner has the ability to make it as a legit starting OF, or is he more a 4th OF type? He would still have value as a 4th. The Yanks would actually have speed on the bench, he can cover enough ground for center and left, and he can pinch hit/bunt, things like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chirorob View Post
    Lots of guys out there. Hopefully the Yanks fill 1 spot from within, sign 1 player to fill another, and you can always platoon the 3rd OF spot.

    Do you think Gardner has the ability to make it as a legit starting OF, or is he more a 4th OF type? He would still have value as a 4th. The Yanks would actually have speed on the bench, he can cover enough ground for center and left, and he can pinch hit/bunt, things like that.
    He has a chance to be a CF, but IMO it's remote. Key thing for Gardner is OBP. If he doesn't get on base enough, he doesn't utilize his biggest strength, which is his speed. With his speed Gardner is easily a 4th outfielder, late defensive replacment, and a pitch runner. He's a valuable player regardless if he's a starter. One thing to keep in mind for Gardner is at every level he takes a little time to get it going, so I would like to see him get a fair shot.
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    Looks like the Sox are about to Make Tex the face of their franchise for the next 8 years.

    If they sign Lowe, who has the better offseason? With all the players the Yanks have lost, I think its pretty close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcola View Post
    Looks like the Sox are about to Make Tex the face of their franchise for the next 8 years.

    If they sign Lowe, who has the better offseason? With all the players the Yanks have lost, I think its pretty close.
    it depends. IF they so sign Teixeira, then they will have to trade lowell. which sucks, because lowell has been nothing but great for the organization. hopefully they get either sheets or lowe to fill out the rotation. they still need a 4th outfielder and need to resolve the catching situation.

    we got a long ways to go before we judge the offseason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NE_PATS_FAN_54 View Post
    it depends. IF they so sign Teixeira, then they will have to trade lowell. which sucks, because lowell has been nothing but great for the organization. hopefully they get either sheets or lowe to fill out the rotation. they still need a 4th outfielder and need to resolve the catching situation.

    we got a long ways to go before we judge the offseason.
    The Sox will get nothing in return for an aging third baseman with a big contract coming off of surgery.

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