What's Next On The Yankees Shopping List?

Chris GrippiContributor IDecember 17, 2009

BRONX, NY - APRIL 28:  Infielder Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees swings at an Oakland Athletics pitch at Yankee Stadium on April 28, 2004 in the Bronx, New York.  The Yankees won 5-1.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Tis' the season.  Everyone is shopping and looking to get THAT great deal at the BEST price.  Personally, I would love season tickets for the Yankees if anyone is feeling generous.  So, assuming someone does give me some free tickets, who will I be going to see play this summer?  Jeter, A-Rod, Tex, Mo'...of course they will be there.  But, who will be waving to the bleacher creatures from left field?  Who will be pitching behind Andy?  Interesting questions to be sure.  Let's start with left field.  Assuming the Melk Man shifts over to right (he as a pretty good arm for that) someone will need to play left.  Chad Curtis available?  If he's not, the Yankees have some interesting options.  They could get into the bidding war for Holliday during this holiday season, or they could make a bid for Bay.  Holliday will likely return to the Cards, who need him behind the Machine in the lineup.  The Mets seem to be in love with Bay and are willing to pay for him.  Here's a thought.  Play Gardner in left.  That's a pretty good defensive outfield.  Gardner was the opening day starter last year, remember?  Hit him 9th in the order and see what happens.  The Yankees are strong enough 1 through 7 that they can handle having Melky and Gardy hit at the bottom.  Melky was clutch last year, and Gardner had a pretty good first year in the bigs.  Yes, that was his first year.  I'm not saying he's the next Carl Crawford, but he's not bad.  That is a good young outfield.  Swish can play in the OF some days, DH others, pinch hit for gardy when they need power.  What I'm saying is, don't worry about left field.  Guys will be available via trade throughout the year.  They can resign the X man (Xavier Nady).  Left field is the Wii game that you don't really need to go crazy over this season because it won't get sold out.  As far as pitching goes...that's more of a ps3 that everyone needs, but the store is running short.  The Yankees are looking for someone to fill that 4th spot in the rotation.  4th spot?  That means that only 1 spot is left.  What about Joba and Hughes?  Let's read between the lines.  If the Yankees are looking for starting pitching then Joba and Hughes will not both be in the rotation.  Oh no.  Here we go.  Joba bullpen, starting, bullpen, starting, what is he?  Under the tree or in the stocking?  My vote, stocking.  Put him in the BP and leave it at that.  Hughes is a starter.  Yes, he pitched well out of the bp, but any good starter will do that.  Maybe CC should set up for Mo' then.  Joba has been, for the most part, a decent starter at best.  He could be an iconic figure charging in from the pen.  He could be the closer in a few years.  Joba, your da' man, and I know you want to start, but the bp is where you help the team most.  Assuming Hughes is in the rotation, that leaves 1 spot.  Joel Pineiro is a nice option.  He's played in the AL.  Pitched well against the Yanks before.  He could handle it.  Ben Sheets.  If healthy, that's a nice option too.  Forget about trading for Lowe, I don't see that happening.  The Yankees need a nice, middle rotation guy, who will stay healthy and get 10-15 wins.  Another Andy is what we're looking for here.  Hopefully the Yankees make the right moves and don't bring back Kevin Brown or Jarett Wright.  They were the coal in the Yankees stockings of the past.