Kepner on the Yanks

No Maas has a good interview up with Yanks beat reporter Tyler Kepner. One of these days they’ll have one with Peter Abraham, and then we’ll know that the end is near. In any case, among the highlights of the interview is Kepner’s feeling that the Yanks are going to be active players in the inevitable CC Sabathia offseason bidding. On the other hand, he’s not sure where the Yanks stand on going after Mark Texeira. He’s a Boras client and a Baltimore native, and a lot of people see him landing with the Orioles (speaking of which, are they a team on the rise?) The Yanks might think the cost is too steep, and the effort futile, anyway. That leaves me with the thought that we might be seeing Jason Giambi in pinstripes next year and maybe the year after. After his showing this year, I could imagine the Yanks bringing him back at a cheaper price. My guess is that he wants to come back. So they’ll decline the rather expensive Manny-esque option, but re-sign him. In return I think he’ll go for security and demand a two to three year deal. Is that a good idea for the Yanks? I don’t know. It’s just the way I see things playing out.

So, Yanks fans, what’s your take? What should the Bombers do this off-season. Are you scared off by Sabathia’s heft? Should the Yanks go all out for Texeira? It’s never to early to think about these things.

27 comments… add one
  • If we bring back the big G, would he block anyone?

    Lar July 8, 2008, 11:47 am
  • They should get CC and Tex if they can.

    Sam-YF July 8, 2008, 11:49 am
  • Have to get C.C., have to. Texeira, eh, take him or leave him. I wouldn’t be upset it they grab him, but don’t overpay!!! I’m almost more interested in the subtractions for next year…Abreu HAS TO GO! The guy is atrocious in RF and his bat is overrated. I would also like to see Moose, Pettitte, Giambi and hopefully Damon go as well. If those things happen, then there would be plenty of $$$ to go after C.C. and maybe another FA pitcher as well. (who else is free next year???) I wouldn’t mind seeing Brian Giles in RF…he reminds me of a poor man’s O’Neill.

    krueg July 8, 2008, 11:52 am
  • I have never hid my feelings on Giambi, I don’t like him. He has been surprisingly good this season, but that’s no reason to bring him back. He is a motivated man and rightly so. Let him sign with Texas or someone like that, it’s time for the Yankees to move on.

    John - YF July 8, 2008, 11:55 am
  • Damon has one more year. If it’s a choice between Abreu and Giles, I go with Abreu based on his slightly superior power and the fact that Giles played the Yanks last free agent period and probably has no desire to leave the west coast.

    Nick-YF July 8, 2008, 11:58 am
  • Kreug who the hell are you gonna have actually playing on this team next year if you dump all those guys. I feel that the yanks need to bring back Pettitte or moose. The veteran arm is important. Even on the downside these guys are both more than getting the job done and stabilize the rotation.

    Sam-YF July 8, 2008, 11:58 am
  • A big no thanks on Giles. I realize he is doing ok this year but i have no interest in him, his skill set is diminishing rapidly.

    Sam-YF July 8, 2008, 12:00 pm
  • Anyone know how close Jesus Montero or Juan Miranda are to coming up from the minors? I know one or both are suppossed to be able to play 1B. Also, since Posada will be our catcher until 2011 Montero will have to play games at first at least some of the time.
    I realize that “top prospects” don’t always (usually?) pan out but it’s something to think about in terms of Texeira v. Giambi (assuming one can sign Giambi to short term contract).
    Pitching….Sabathia is going to make alot of money. Especially when you consider that Mike Hampton, Odalis Perez, Randy Johnson and Randy Wolf are some of the big named lefties on the market this winter…uggggg.
    The Yanks are going to have to consider singing BOTH Pettitte and Mussina because even if Hughes comes back super healthy and pitches really well, he still has a year to make up the time he’s lost (once again) this season.

    Anonymous July 8, 2008, 12:27 pm
  • Nothing I’ve read indicates that Miranda is going to be a good option at first at the major league level. Montero has amazing power, and will probably be converted to 1b. But he’s young.

    Nick-YF July 8, 2008, 12:30 pm
  • that was me.

    walein July 8, 2008, 12:41 pm
  • Sam: I don’t know but I’m sure for the $90 million or so we are paying those guys, we could do better. With our supposedly great farm system intact and money to spend, I would think we could do better than Abreu, Moose, Pettitte and Damon. This isn’t 1990, these guys are getting old. Torre is gone. Time to move on in my opinion. Let’s not forget good old Carl’s salary is coming off too…I’m anxious to see what happens.

    krueg July 8, 2008, 12:56 pm
  • Cashman was onto Giles last off-season. He didn’t want to come to NY.
    Yeah, Miranda has a good eye but he still hasn’t shown enough power. I suppose if they were going into full-blown rebuilding they’d give him a shot. But he hasn’t earned it yet.
    But besides the offense, I think they should sign both CC and Sheets rather than Moose or Pettitte.

    A YF July 8, 2008, 1:24 pm
  • And Montero is still green but may be a tweener like Salty. Great offense for a catcher but not great defense, and not enough offense for 1B.
    The last word was they were keeping him the full year at Low-A to work on his defense. But with Romine there too, he doesn’t play every day. So he’s at least two years away.

    A YF July 8, 2008, 1:28 pm
  • is sheets a FA this year?

    Sam-YF July 8, 2008, 1:40 pm
  • Sheets is a free agent is definitely going to test waters as he informed the Brew Crew. This, I beleive, is one of the reasons they’re going for it now. The prospect of losing him past this year makes the push almost a necessity.
    I like pursuing him. He’s good.

    Nick-YF July 8, 2008, 1:43 pm
  • He sure is Sam

    Atheose July 8, 2008, 1:43 pm
  • Jesus, sorry about the illiterate rant there. He’s a free agent. Yes.

    Nick-YF July 8, 2008, 1:43 pm
  • Yankees lineup signed next year:
    Damon LF
    Jeter SS
    Arod 3b
    Posada C
    Cano 2b
    Matsui DH
    Melky CF
    That leaves 1b and RF. With possible issues at CF, LF, C, and DH with injuries. Maybe Gardner fills in but this offense has the potential to be weak. We are gonna need another big bat in here.

    Sam-YF July 8, 2008, 1:55 pm
  • Again – sign Sheets and Sabathia. Sure assume one will get hurt over the course of the contract, but what’s a wasted year or two when you gave 4 to Pavano and 6 to Igawa. If they could swallow those costs they can deal with Sheets or Sabathia losing time.
    Then you’ve got a rotation of:
    1) Wang
    2) Sabathia
    3) Sheets
    4) Joba
    Let Hughes and IPK battle for #5 and plenty of depth in the system in case of injury. And no more fucking around with junkballers.
    And with that rotation, you can deal with an underpowered lineup. If it helps, re-sign Giambi to a decent two or three year deal. Given his history there isn’t going to be huge money thrown at him.
    For RF, I say Milton Bradley or Pat Burrell.
    Those three signing might cost 350 million. Just like the Sox’s 2007 off-season! But you get two very young starters and a RF with a few miles left. The 86 million coming off the books helps, as does having the rest of the rotation at league minimum for next few years. And as Joba et al get expensive, the Sheets and Sabathia contracts will be winding down.

    A YF July 8, 2008, 2:06 pm
  • Holliday fixes the outfield issues, and DH too if you need him to. Bonds does too, but obviously they aren’t looking at him very hard.

    Atheose July 8, 2008, 2:07 pm
  • Right, and who to trade for Holliday?
    No thanks. Milton Bradley or Pat Burrell work just fine, especially with that rotation. he difference between just money versus money and prospects.
    Gotta run. Peace.

    A YF July 8, 2008, 2:14 pm
  • Get CC and Sheets in the off season. Good pitching always makes up for other short comings. Keep Giambi.

    giambi's 'stashe July 8, 2008, 2:16 pm
  • Pat Burrell is solid, but he wants to stay in Philly and Gillick says that they want to resign him.
    Bradley is already rumoured to be in extension talks with the Rangers, the neighborhood of a 2-year, 22 million contract with a team option for a 3rd year at 14 million.

    Atheose July 8, 2008, 2:22 pm
  • Of course I’d like to see them go hard after CC (and most reports seem to have them as the early favorites to sign him)- Sheets I am not as sold on. Almost shocked to say this, but I’d be for bringing both Moose and Giambi back for another year or two – at reduced prices, of course. Giambi’s been pretty much the best offensive 1B in the AL, and has been right around average defensively according to the metrics I’ve seen – still a pretty valuable player.
    Corner outfield, specifically RF, is a big concern too. I like Austin Jackson’s potential a lot but he’s a couple years off and his primary value will come from playing CF – and of course Melky doesn’t hit nearly enough for RF. Damon’s actually been the best all around LF in the AL this year surprisingly enough, but I am so over Abreu.
    Re: Montero – What I’ve read is that there’s no way he can play C, although his bat is special enough to play 1B or even DH – he’s like 2 years away though.

    Mark (YF) July 8, 2008, 2:29 pm
  • Giambi is going to want a few years on his deal. My guess is that he’ll ask for at least 3 years with some kind of 4th year option. There’s no way he will take a one year deal(unless he gets hurt and/or very very bad in the second half of this season).
    My guess is that Giambi will be the first long-term free agent signing Billy Beane does( If he can get Giambi to sign for 3 years 33-36 mil).

    walein July 8, 2008, 2:55 pm
  • I agree Walein, I don’t think NY will offer him the years he wants–I wouldn’t offer them to him either. He’ll end up in Texas or Oakland, methinks.

    Atheose July 8, 2008, 3:02 pm
  • SF-
    Just shot you an email.

    Sam-YF July 8, 2008, 3:45 pm

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