Monday, February 12, 2007

The Final Year?

The end of the 2007 season will mark some highs, lows, and questions for the Yankees organization.
Apart from winning their 27th World Series title over an opponent to be determined later, and yet another freak injury barring Pavano from another season, we will see three players possibly changing their stripes for other uniforms.
We already know that Bernie will not be in the lineup this year. Face it, but that's how it works. However, in eight months from now, we could lose Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez, and Mariano Rivera.

Everyone has their views on A-Rod, and I even posted it a while back so I won't get into much with him. He's had an off year, and he's had one of those before while with the Seattle Mariners.

Jorge Posada is aging and even though we have a couple catchers in the minors preparing for their big call up, they still need a veteran to learn from and lead the way to a successful backstop career. Posada came up huge when he replaced Joe Girardi in 1999, chasing Yogi Berra's home run record for most by a Yankees backstop and getting a huge hit in game four of the 2003 ALCS versus Boston.

Mariano River has been the most dominate closer in Yankees history without any argument, and one of the best all-time. His 413 saves along with a 2.26 career ERA, not including his microscopic post-season ERA and his two DHL Delivery Man of the Year Awards marks the legacy of a future hall of fame player.
Hear this! Rivera will get re-signed for one of two reasons.
One: We have no one any where near as great as Mo in the farm system or a young reliever the Yankees can acquire through trades or free agency.
Two: Who can pretty much secure a playoff win with his presence?


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