Tuesday, October 30, 2007

One Down, Six To Go

Joe Girardi made it official today when he signed a 3-year $7.5 million deal to become the 32nd manager of the Yankees and the 17th former Yankees to take the helms.
OK, we have a manager now, that don't impress me much. (Neither did my Shania Twain impersonation.)
Joe Torre has left the Yankees with some luggage. Don Mattingly. Both of whom may end up together with the Los Angeles Dodgers by year's end.
This opens the bench coach slot that may be filled with wither Tony Pena or base coach Larry Bowa.

In addition to that, four Yankees have filed for free agency. Closer Mariano Rivera, catcher Jorge Posada, reliever Luis Vizcaino, and first baseman Doug M
Andy Pettitte still hasn't decided to use his option for 2008 and the Yankees still haven't picked up the team option for outfielder Bobby Abreu.
The worst case scenario is upon us Yankees fans.

If Pettitte goes and Clemens retires for the fourth time, the most expierenced pitcher will be Chein-Ming Wang, who last season was a rookie.
Jose Molina would be the everyday catcher.
Wilson Betimit will be the staring third baseman.
Joba Chamberlain may very well be our new closer.

This off-season will be a busy one as the free agent market has exploded with talent. Aside from the five Yankees that filed for free agency, Andruw Jones, Johan Santana, Bartolo Colon, and Eric Gagne are projected to file.

The Yankees have enough to fill the position slots, but are in short hand of pitching and catching.

In my opinion:

Sign one veteran pitcher that can mentor the younglings, and sign Posada, no matter what deal he asks for.
A veteran battery is key to growth and success.

Best case scenario 2008 line-up:

C- Jorge Posada
1B- Doug Meintkvchzivfdh
2B- Robinson Cano
3B- Wilson Betimit
SS- Derek Jeter
RF- Johnny Damon

CF- Melky Cabrera
LF- Hideki Matsui
DH- Bobby Abreu
SP- Chein-Ming Wang
SP- Andy Pettitte

SP- Phil Hughes
SP- Joba Chamberlain
SP- Ian Kennedy
RP- Kyle Farnsworth
CL- Mariano Rivera

Worst case scenario 2008 line-up:

C- Chris Molina
1B- Wilson Betemit

2B- Robinson Cano
Eric Duncan (AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees)
SS- Derek Jeter
RF- Shelly Duncan
CF- Melky Cabrera

LF- Hideki Matsui
DH- Johnny Damon
SP- Random big-name pitcher
SP- Chien-Ming Wang
SP- Phil Hughes
SP- Ian Kennedy
SP- Kei Igawa

RP- Kyle Farnsworth
CL- Joba Chamberlain

Join the fun, next season will be interesting.

In the meantime, enjoy this random picture.

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