When the 2007 season ends Brian Cashman will have some major decisions to make. Yes I know it’s only August, but it’s never too early to start to think about what direction they will go in 2008. The Yankees have decisions to make on the contracts of four big name Yankees, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez and Bobby Abreu. Jose Molina and Luis Vizcaino are also free agents after this season, but for now there are bigger fish to fry. For Rivera and Posada the Yankees are all they have ever known, will they test the waters or will their allegiance to the Yankee family keep them in pinstripes until they call it quits? Will the Yankees pick up Abreu’s $16 million option for ’08? Will Alex opt out?
Here’s my plan of attack:
- Pick up Abreu’s ’08 option. Abreu has put together a very solid second half and at 33 he isn’t exactly over the hill. His option for ’08 is $16 million, that’s just 2 million more then what J.D. Drew went for last off-season. Torii Hunter and Andruw Jones head the list of possible replacements if the Yankees decide to go elsewhere, but at $16 million Abreu might be a (gulp) steal.
- Sign both Mariano and Jorge to 3 year deals. Going into the season the biggest concern with both players was health. While some speculate at times that Mariano may not be healthy there is nothing that says otherwise. As for Jorge, his 2007 numbers speak volumes. Time will tell what their roles will be in years 2 and 3 of their contracts, but something tells me neither player will be dead weight. If the Yankees decide to explore other options Francisco Cordero and Todd Jones lead the list of available closers. (The Twins have an option on Joe Nathan for ’08, otherwise he would obviously head the list) Michael Barrett and Paul LoDuca head the list of free agent catchers. (The Tigers have an option on Pudge for ’08)
- Prepare for the Wilson Betemit era at third base. Alex is going to opt out, that’s a given. He is also going to opt for a new city. Alex has never felt at home in New York and even with the new found love from the fans, he will be bashing home-runs for another team in ’08. So much for Triskaidekaphobia!
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