The Yankees don't rebuild, they reload. To put it another way, the Yankees use their massive overwhelming wealth to buy other teams' best players out from under them and field the best collection of talent year in and year out. Not that there is anything wrong with that. As the old saying goes "don't hate the player hate the game".
This off season the Yankees are riding as high as ever with a 103 win season and a World Championship under they're belts, the boss will be looking to create one more dynasty before he retires and hands the team over to his sons......any money is no object.
The Yankees have three key needs this year. They need a left fielder with power, they need a third power starter to replace Chien Ming Wang and they need a catcher to replace the ineffective Jorge Posada, who will move to a more DH-pinch hitter type role.
And what do you know.....the three biggest guys on the market this year are left fielder Matt Holliday, AL MVP catcher Joe Mauer and former Cy Young pitcher Roy Halladay. All three will come with heft price tags, but thats never stopped the Yankees before and it sure won't this year.
Johnny Damon seems to be on his way out the door with the Yankees. His recent demands for a 3 year plus contract at 15 million per is the equivalent of telling the Yankees "thanks for the memories." World Series MVP Hideki Matsui is a DH now and even if the Yankees resign him he'll never play a day in left field again. Holliday hit .313 avg with 24 HRs/109 RBIs. He'd be the perfect solution at the number 5 spot hitting behind Texeria and Arod.
Jorge Posada's defense has become a downright liability. Its so bad that its gotten to the point where some of the Yankee starters refuse to have him catch for them. Cervelli and Molina are adequate at the plate but lack pop in their bats. 09 AL MVP Joe Mauer has all the pop a team could want and then some. Batting .365/28Hrs/96 RBI, Mauer is a legitimate triple crown threat and a #2 hitter the likes of which that most teams might just forfeit games instead of facing a 1-6 batting order of Jeter, Mauer, Texeria, A-rod, Holliday and Matsui.
And finally Chien-Ming Wang quite possibly was the worst starting pitcher in the history of baseball before getting put on the injured reserve last year throwing a staggeringly unbelievable 34.50 ERA. Wang's days in a Yankee uniform are done. The Yankees have a nice core of starting pitchers with CC. Sabathia, Andy Pettite, and AJ Burnett. Pettite may or may not return to the Yankees this year, regardless the Yankees must have a power 4th starter or a replacement for Pettite. Roy Halladay offers the best chance for the Yankees to either plug the hole or get even stronger. Holliday finished with a 2.79 ERA and 17 wins last year and would be a perfect fit giving the Yankees one of the best line ups of starting pitchers in baseball.
The Likelihood of the Yankees getting all three are better than 50%. The lure of playing for the Yankees is often just as powerful as the hundreds of millions the Yankees can offer without batting an eye. If they Yankees and their checkbook have their way in 2010, the Yankees aren't going to be a just great contender, they are gonna be downright terrifying.