Spring training is here and there's already panic in the Bronx.
The New York Yankees' offseason will not go down in the history books among the all-time greats.
They missed out on Cliff Lee. Their best acquisition was Rafael Soriano, which isn't to say that he's bad, just that the ridiculous contract they gave him is. They alienated Derek Jeter—arguably the most beloved player in franchise history—by handling the negotiations through the media. To add insult to injury, Andy Pettitte decided to call it a career.
The Yankees enter 2011 with a lot of questions that need to be answered if they are going to compete with the revamped Red Sox in the American League East.
One thing that they don't have to worry about is their ace, CC Sabathia. He has been as reliable as anyone in baseball since the 2007 season.
However, they do have to worry about that opt-out clause in his contract after this year. If Sabathia chooses to exercise it, he will be a free agent, and that will leave the Yankees scrambling to ensure that they don't lose him.
They do have a great bargaining chip in the minors in Jesus Montero, whom they can dangle to acquire a new ace for 2012. Since the free-agent pitching market next winter is going to be pretty bad, a trade would seem to be their best bet to acquire a new ace.
Here are 10 guys that the Yankees could take a look at if Sabathia decides to bolt from New York after 2011.