The crucial New York Yankees offseason has officially begun following the re-signing of manager Joe Girardi.
With Girardi locked up for the next four seasons, he and general manager Brian Cashman can turn their attention to re-signing some of the team's crucial free agents.
They can start with what they do know; returning to the team next season will be an outfield of Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro Suzuki.
Also back will be Mark Teixeira and pitchers CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, David Phelps, Michael Pineda and David Robertson.
The Yankees are probably secretly hoping Alex Rodriguez is not back for at least next season so they can save $25 million.
The Yankees also know that Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte will not be back next season due to retirement.
So what that leaves is a decision to make on at least five key players this offseason on whether to bring them back or search for their replacements.