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After watching the rival Boston Red Sox utilize a significant amount of payroll space to bring in several mid-level free agents to help turn the team into a World Series champion, the New York Yankees could look to follow that model of success as they find themselves in a similar position of extreme need on their big league roster.
This doesn't mean that Robinson Cano won't be re-signed to one of the biggest contracts in big league history. They do have the financial resources to retain Cano, but they'd still have a long way to go before they can field a 25-man roster capable of coming anywhere close to competing for a playoff spot in 2014.
After locking up Cano, general manager Brian Cashman will look to fill at least two spots in the rotation, two others in the bullpen, catcher, third base, one outfield spot and designated hitter.
So if he filled those eight holes in Red Sox fashion, it could look something like this:
Catcher: Dioner Navarro signed to two-year, $13 million deal
Designated hitter: Raul Ibañez signed to one-year, $8.5 million deal
Third base: Jhonny Peralta signed to three-year, $30 million deal
Outfield: Curtis Granderson signed to three-year, $42 million deal
Starting Pitchers: Ubaldo Jimenez signed to five-year, $75 million deal; Bartolo Colon (pictured) signed to one-year, $10 million deal
Relief Pitchers: Grant Balfour signed to two-year, $20 million deal; Manny Parra signed to one-year, $3 million deal.
The end result of that free-agent spending spree would give the Yankees a projected 25-man roster that looks like this:
1 Brett Gardner, CF
2 Derek Jeter, SS
3 Robinson Cano, 2B
4 Mark Teixeira, 1B
5 Curtis Granderson, LF
6 Jhonny Peralta, 3B
7 Raul Ibañez, DH
8 Ichiro Suzuki, RF
9 Dioner Navarro, C
Chris Stewart, C
Eduardo Nuñez, IF
Jayson Nix, IF/OF
Vernon Wells, OF
1 Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP
2 CC Sabathia, LHP
3 Bartolo Colon, RHP
4 Ivan Nova, RHP
5 Michael Pineda, RHP
CL Grant Balfour, RHP
SU David Robertson, RHP
SU Shawn Kelley, RHP
MID Manny Parra, LHP
MID Matt Daley, RHP
MID David Phelps, RHP
LR Adam Warren, RHP
World Series contender? Probably not. Playoff contender? Maybe.
That's what we were all saying about the Red Sox after last offseason.