The 2011 New York Yankees: What Needs To Be Done to Bring It All Together?
The big story of the off season is how the Yankees, for the first time in years, didn't get their man or really any man for that matter.
Cliff Lee chose elsewhere, they didn't jump for Greinke, no big bats where added. Instead, they made a few gambles by picking up players who are attempting to come back from injuries.
The only real notable move was signing Pedro Feliciano today, a move that will surely bolster their bullpen and solve their left issues.
Now, the Yankees need to fill a few spots throughout the roster to really solidify the team and ensure a playoff run.
It is obvious they need to add something, but it isn't a doomsday scenario if they just go from inside the organiazation.
However. here are a few suggetsions I have with remaining free agents and/or trades.
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Do whatever it takes to bring him back. Don't leave any money on the table or do anything to cut him short. He is supposedly leaning toward retirement, but if he has any desire left to play, which I am sure he does, fuel that fire. Give him money, all the money he wants. If he has any special requests, meet those requests. Cater to him and his family in whatever way he asks and bring him back.
Trade For Soria
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Joakim Soria is the premier reliever who is somewhat available. He's young, extremely talented, and if the Yankees have any shot at prying him away from the Royals, they should pull the trigger for the trade.
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Bring back Johnny Damon. Sure he is old, but he would probably agree to a cheap deal to come back to New York. After the last offseason when he badly misjudged the market, he won't take any chances. Also, he is coming off a much less stellar campaign this year from Detroit, and he has even less bargaining material than he did the year before.
He would be a great option to bring off the bench a day here and there a left fielder, DH, or pinch runner. It would allow the Yankee to rest Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Jorge Posada, and it would also provide a spark to the clubhouse. Damon meshed great with the guys when he played in New York, and I think it's a chance worth taking.
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Another option to add to the outfield is Rick Ankiel. Ankiel is realatively young (31), and he would probably be inexpensive to bring in. Again, he would be intended as a bench player, so I wouldn't expect a whole lot out of him. Something similar to what the Yankees hoped they would get out of Randy Winn.
Take a Chance
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I liked the idea of maybe going after Brandon Webb, taking the risk and hoping for a big reward. Jeff Francis can be that same guy. However, Francis is slightly younger, probably would be cheaper and he hasn't been out of baseball for as long as Webb has. He doesn't have stellar numbers when you look at his stats, but he has a good WHIP (1.43), good starts per year and a decent K/BB ratio. For the right price, this guy could be a could gamble.