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All of this probably won't happen. But that doesn't mean it shouldn't.
The AL East is going to be a dogfight for years to come. The Rays have a lot of young talent waiting to contribute, the Red Sox are going to get healthy and restock and the Blue Jays and Orioles both have a lot of young talent, especially in their pitching rotations, waiting to catapult them into contention.
The Yankees have to be smart and make good business decisions if they want to stay on top of the pile. If these moves wouldn't do that, I wouldn't be recommending them. I think the roster would shake out like this (starters listed in batting order):
LF Brett Gardner
DH Adam Dunn
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
CF Curtis Granderson
C Jorge Posada
SS Eduardo Nunez
Bench: Jesus Montero, Christian Guzman, Greg Golson
Starting Rotation: CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett, Ivan Nova
Bullpen: Mariano Rivera, Kerry Wood, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, Boone Logan, Sergio Mitre, Jonathan Albaladejo
The 25th man could be anybody from another reliever to another outfielder.
In this setup, the Yankees would have three power arms starting the season at AA Trenton (Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances and Manuel Banuelos) who could be called upon in 2011 to strengthen the bullpen if it struggles next year. Bullpen turnover is usually high in the majors. Success in a prior year does not guarantee success the next year. Those three pitchers are important to take note of.
Does that lineup seem like it would miss Derek Jeter much?
Who knows, they're the Yankees. Maybe they could sign Lee and Dunn and still re-sign Jeter. I don't imagine them forking over that much money, but they could. Imagine the lineup I outlined above, but with Jeter in the ninth spot instead of Nunez. Scary, huh?
One can dream.