2012 MLB Playoffs : What's Next for the New York Yankees ?

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2012 MLB Playoffs : What's Next for the New York Yankees ?
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The Detroit Tigers finished off the New York Yankees and their historically inept offense by a score of 8-1 in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series to advance to The World Series.

What exactly is next for the Yankees after a disappointing end to their season? How many players have played their last game in pinstripes? 

Obviously the first player to look at is Alex Rodriguez, who surely has just completed his last season in New York.

The psychological damage of Rodriguez on the bench while the Yankees season was on the brink cannot be repaired. The  Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers may be the most likely destinations for Rodriguez next season. Expect the Yankees to make a push for David Wright as Rodriguez's replacement. 

The Yankees will pick up Robinson Cano's option, but Cano will have to show that he deserves a huge contract next season.

Nick Swisher came up short again this postseason and will not be back.

Curtis Granderson has put up some tremendous power numbers in New York, but his high likelihood of either hitting a home run or striking out has frustrated the Yankees just like they frustrated the Tigers.  He may not be back.

Ichiro looked like a prime version of himself at times with the Yankees, so I would not be surprised if the Yankees offered him a contract (assuming he does not retire).

Expect the Yankees to inquire about Josh Hamilton, if only to gauge his interest in wanting to come to New York. Also look for the Yankees to ask about Justin Upton as well. 

On the pitching front, the Yankees will try to resign Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda.

Mariano Rivera will be back to hopefully end his career on his own terms.

Former All-Star David Robertson will be the 8th inning guy, as Rafael Soriano will likely opt out of his contract.

David Phelps should be given the opportunity to make the starting rotation in spring training next season. The Yankees will welcome back a returning Michael Pineda, even though he is a mystery to this point.

New York will try to upgrade from Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova.

With Manny Banuelos out next season and Dellin Betances struggling, look for the Yankees to listen on Matt Garza and Miami's Josh Johnson. CC Sabathia showed signs this season that a decline is on the horizon, so the Yankees need to prepare a young pitcher to take over the reigns. 

Needless to say, look for the Yankees to reload in the off-season. 

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