C- Jorge Posada, Francisco Cervelli/Jose Molina
1B- Mark Teixeira, Juan Miranda/Shelley Duncan
2B- Robinson Cano
3B- Alex Rodriguez,
SS- Derek Jeter, Ramiro Pena/Jerry Hairston Jr.
LF- Jason Bay
CF- Brett Gardner
RF- Nick Swisher
DH- Johnny Damon
Long Relief- Alfredo Aceves, Chad Gaudin
Middle Relief- Dave Robertson, Mark Melancon
Lefty Relief- Phil Coke, Damaso Marte
Set-Up- Joba Chamberlain
Closer- Mariano Rivera
–Jason Bay instead of Melky Cabrera in the Outfield. Bay would be taken away from the Redsox, who choose Matt Holliday over him, after Bay negotiates with the Yankees and other teams.
-Melky Cabrera and an additional prospect traded to the Pirates for Zach Duke. The Pirates can use a 3rd/4th OF and the Yankees can use pitching. It is well documented that the Pirates and Yankees are very amiable trading partners. The Pirates also have former Yankees prospect Daniel McCutchen waiting in the wing to take over a spot in the rotation.
-Johnny Damon over Hideki Matsui at DH. Damon can play the Outfield and has better speed and is less of an injury scare.
-Andy Pettite re-signed, OR Jarrod Washburn signed, OR Jason Marquis signed. If Pettite chooses not to retire it is a definite that it will be with the Yankees. If he doesn’t they will look to either an older player like Washburn or Randy Wolf. I think Wolf goes to the Astros though AND Washburn goes to the Brewers. That leaves me with Jason Marquis. Innings-eater that the Yankees can benefit from.
-Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain switch roles. Simple move to me. Bring any arguments over to the comments.
Jason Bay- 5 Years, $75 Million
Andy Pettite/Jarrod Washburn- 1 Year, $8.5 Million OR Jason Marquis- 4 Years, $40 Million
Thoughts? Comments? Concerns? Bring em over to the comments!
*Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
UPDATE: 2:10 PM: Once again excuse me for my bad judgement of prospects. Apparently a Pirates fan feels that the Pirates have enough OF prospects to deal with the 3rd outfield situation. If so, maybe a Reegie Corona or Eduardo Nunez will do.
Every month we will preview the Yankees 2010 Roster based on our opinions of who the Yankees will sign.
Here are the Yankees Free Agents for next year:
SS-Jerry Hairston Jr.
RF-Eric Hinske, Xavier Nady
So here is what I project will happen with those players:
Jose Molina-No contract offered
Jerry Hairston Jr.-No contract offered
Johnny Damon-Offered Arbitration, accepted
Eric Hinske-No contract offered
Xavier Nady-No contract offered
Hideki Matsui-No contract offered
Andy Pettite-Re-Signed to a 1 Year Deal
So here is how the roster would look
C-Jorge Posada, Francisco Cervelli
3b-Alex Rodriguez, Ramiro Pena
Lf-Jason Bay (signed to a 5 year $85 Million deal in offseason)
Cf-Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner
Rf-Nick Swisher, Shelley Duncan
SP-Andy Pettite/Jarrod Washburn if Pettite retires
SP-Phil HughesSecurity Starters (in case of injury) Ian Kennedy, Alfredo Aceves, Josh Towers
Long Relief-Alfredo Aceves
Middle Relief- Dave Robertson, Phil Coke, Zach Kroenke
Set-Up- Damaso Marte, Danys Baez (signed to a 2 year deal, the Yankees have been wanting him for a long time)
So, in my opinion, the Yankees will get younger this offseason, with the bench especially getting younger.