The first thing the Yankees are going to do this season is Sign C.C. Sabathia. They need a true ace which Chein-Ming Wang is not. If Sabathia actually does want to stay in the National League and signs with a team like the dodgers then the Yankees are still going to have to go and get a top of the rotation starter like A.J. Burnett or Ben Sheets (if they cant sign Burnett). They will also need to add another starter besides Sabathia maybe if they are lucky they could get both Sabthia and Burnett. But most likely scenario would be that they sign Sabathia and either resign Mussina or sign Ryan Dempster.
The next thing the Yankees need to address is thier outfield. Johnny and Hideki Matsui are aging and probably will not be around after the 2009 season due to thier expiring contracts. The Yankees should get what they can on the trade market for atleast Hideki Matsui and maybe Johnny Damon. The Yankees Should not let thier contracts expire becuase chances are they will not be type a free agents and they wouldnt get two picks in exchange. The second thing the yankees need to do to thier outfield is let bobby abreu get picked up by some other team and move Xavier Nady to his original Position in right field. In center field the Yankees should try to get experience to thier young center fielders(Melky Cabrera, Austin Jackson, and Bret Gardner). To fill in the empty spot in left field the Yankees need to sign a left fielder with a clutch bat someone that could get them farther into the post-season. There is no one better for that than Manny Ramirez.
Most Yankee fans don't want to see Manny in Pinstripes yet it makes more sense then people think. With him and Arod both chasing 600 HRS 2000RBIS and 3000 HITS( Hank aaron only player to do this) Hank Steinbrenner could make a fortune. And the best reason to put Manny in Pinstripes is to get back at the Red Sox and maybe even Curse them for another 86 Years. Manny could play left field and Dh when posada is catching and one of the young outfielders could play left field.
The last topic of concern that will be first base. The Yankees will most likely sign Mark Texiera he is a great power hitter and he grew up admiring Don Mattingly so why wouldnt he want to play for the Yankees.
Yankees 2009 Roster:
1. Austin Jackson or Bret Gardner CF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Alex Rodriguez 3B
4. Manny Ramirez LF
5. Mark Texiera 1B
6. Xavier Nady RF
7. Jorge Posada DH
8. Robinson Cano 2B
9. Jose Molina C
5. Hughes or Mussina
Hughes(if mussina in rotation)
Set Up man:
Brian Fuentes(later closer after Rivera retires)
Well there you have it there is my 2009 Yankees Roster
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