Take or Trash: Ranking Each Yankee Free Agent's Chances of Returning in 2012

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Take or Trash: Ranking Each Yankee Free Agent's Chances of Returning in 2012
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With the chilly November weather in the air and the World Series over, the summer atmosphere and the baseball season have both come to ceremonious ends. But baseball-related fun will continue all the way until spring training. The hot stove season has just begun, and the Yankees front office has a lot of decisions to make.

So far, some major Yankees have been retained. GM Brian Cashman was signed to a new three-year deal. The team exercised its club options on Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano. C.C. Sabathia signed an extension to stay with the club instead of opting out and becoming a free agent. Rafael Soriano, after a less-than-stellar first year in the Bronx, did not opt out of his contract, and will try to return to form in 2012.

But the Yankees have plenty of guys hitting the open market. Jorge Posada, Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon and many more will hit free agency and can sign anywhere.  We'll take a look at who will be taken back and who will be trashed and have to find a new home.

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