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Ahhh..... the Yankees. The offseason starts with the media all over Derek Jeter—how he is "demanding" money, but still signs a three-year, $51 million deal with a player option. It is the New York media after all.
The Rafael Soriano is said to have weakened the GM-Owner relationship, even though it doesn't seem so.
They missed out on Cliff Lee.
Andy Pettitte retired.
The Zack Greinke trade never happened even though he said yes. Tough offseason for a team like the Yanks, huh?
Well, they still have solid pieces that can get them to the playoffs again. Jorge Posada will be the full time DH, so he might be able to produce much better offensively without taking a couple of foul ball tips every single game.
Derek Jeter still had scored 111 runs. Robinson Cano is now a MVP candidate with his gold glove and hot bat. Alex Rodriguez will be fully healthy, so he can easily hit 35 home runs and drive in 100 RBIs. Mark Teixeira provides a great No. 3 bat with an outstanding defense, saving error after error.
Curtis Granderson looks for a comeback year with his new adjustments to his swing, which seemed to work at the end of the season. Nick Swisher now hits for a higher average. Brett Gardner gets on-base and steals bases.
Jesus Montero is a top-notch prospect that is predicted to hit 30 home runs soon in the near future.
But now, they only have C.C. Sabathia and Phil Hughes to depend on. We don't know what we'll get out of inconsistent A.J. Burnett. Freddy Garcia is okay, but it's not the best option. Ivan Nova seems to be a good No. 5 guy in the Yankees rotation from what we saw from him last September.
Thankfully for Yankees fans, the bullpen is stronger. Mo as the closer (surprised?), Rafael Soriano as the setup guy and Pedro Feliciano as the workhorse and left handed batter specialist. Boone Logan isn't the only left hander anymore.
A good bench (with plenty of options) is also there with Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez, Eduardo Nunez, Ramiro Pena and Russell Martin.
The most important question is—are they going to win the World Series this year? They need to get great production from the now "Core 3" and A.J. Burnett like they did in 2009 to even have a shot.
Just hope for the best.