New York Yankees: 5 Potential New Year's Resolutions for Bombers in 2013
First and foremost, I hope everyone on here had a great holiday this past week and enjoyed time with your family and friends.
With Christmas now over, the page on 2012 is about to turn and the 2013 year is upon us.
With New Year's, everyone likes to make their "New Year's resolutions" for what they want to change about their life.
For the New York Yankees, what would be their New Year's resolutions for 2013?
What are Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi and Hal Steinbrenner looking to accomplish in the next year?
Here are a few possible resolutions for the Bombers.
Figure out the Robinson Cano Contract Situation Quickly
The best player on the Yankees is set to be a free agent after the 2013 season, but I just can't see them letting him walk away.
Sure, Robinson Cano is 30 years old and had a very unproductive 2012 postseason.
But he is perhaps the best second baseman in the sport in the prime of his career, and they would have a lot of trouble trying to replace his production in the lineup.
Will the Yankees give him a 10-year deal that some think he could get? Not likely.
But a six- or seven-year deal could be more likely.
The Yankees don't want Cano's contract situation to drag out, especially with Cano's agent Scott Boras.
Boras will look to get Cano as much money and the best deal possible and he will surely look to use other teams' interest in Cano against the Yankees in any negotiations.
The best thing for the Yankees to do is get Cano's contract situation solved as quickly as possible.
Figure out If Alex Rodriguez Is Worth Keeping Until 2017
The Yankees; Brian Cashman in particular, have to ask themselves a gigantic question.
Do they keep Alex Rodriguez on the team for the remaining five years left on the deal?
He's a 37-year-old third baseman in a major decline of his career, and it's only getting worse for both him and the Yankees.
A-Rod will need hip surgery in January and will be out until the middle of the summer; which is why the Yankees went out and lured Kevin Youkilis to the Bronx.
Even with Youkilis, whenever A-Rod returns to the lineup, he'll likely be regulated to full-time DH duties, which I'm sure the Yankees never hoped for in year six of his deal.
$28 million for a guy to be out half the season and then the other half to basically be a part-time player is way too much money, even for the Yankees' standards of spending.
The Yankees could do one of two things with A-Rod.
1. Trade him and hope a team like the Dodgers takes his deal just like they did with Adrian Gonzalez and others in 2012.
2. Release him and eat the remainder of the contract.
Both are very unlikely scenarios right now, but in the future?
That all depends on how tired the Yankees grow of A-Rod's act.
Figure out If the Killer B's Have a Future in the Bronx
For a few years now, the two top pitching prospects of the Yankees organization have been in development.
Yet, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances are not full-time members of the Yankees starting rotation and that's a problem.
Some thought either 2012 or 2013 would be the time when both would be fully ready, but instead, Banuelos is recovering from Tommy John surgery and Betances got demoted from Triple-A to Double-A because of his command issues.
Now the Yankees need to really take a look at both of their once highly prized prospects and figure out if they're still in their future plans.
Banuelos is the No. 4 prospect in the Yankees system, and even though his stock has dropped recently, I think the Yankees still see a future with the 21-year-old.
But as far as Betances goes, he's a mystery. It's hard to grasp how the Yankees view him and if he fits in their plans.
Figure out What Derek Jeter's Future Is
The last time we all saw Derek Jeter on a field, he had suffered a broken ankle in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS..
Jeter was able to have surgery on the ankle and he is hopeful that he will be able to return by Opening Day for the Yankees.
Jeter is set to be 39 years old this summer, and yet he's still penciled in to be the Yankees' everyday shortstop.
The Yankee captain showed no signs of slowing down during the season, as he hit .316 and finished seventh in the 2012 AL MVP voting.
I know Jeter will finish his career as a Yankee, and he has a player option for 2014 which I think he could exercise.
But will he be able to still play shortstop for the Bombers after coming off a major surgery like the one he did at his age?
Or will the Yankees have to seriously consider moving Jeter to another spot on the team just so they can have him in the lineup?
Figure out the Heir to Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera didn't want to end his career due to an ACL tear back in May, so he re-upped to stay with the Yankees for one more season.
The 2013 season will likely be the final one for the greatest closer ever to pitch in the sport, so the Yankees need to start figuring out life after Rivera.
Rafael Soriano is likely not coming back after opting out of his contract, so they can't factor him into their plans.
The Yankees do have David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain, both of whom have succeeded as a setup man, but have yet to be a closer, much less the Yankees closer.
They also have a minor leaguer in Mark Montgomery who could be up in the Bronx during the 2013 season.
Some see Montgomery as a potential candidate in the future to succeed Rivera.
As scary as it is to think what life without Rivera will be like for the Yankees, the team needs to start preparing for it and figuring it out now.