The winter meetings have come and gone, and other than the New York Yankees losing players in the Rule V draft and an interesting Brett Gardner for Brandon Phillips trade proposal that the Yankees turned down, there wasn’t much to report. Even though the Yankees did a lot of the heavy lifting before the meetings, there’s still much work to be done. Let’s see where the Yankees need to plug some holes.
Bullpen: It doesn’t matter how many bats you have, you need a bullpen to shut the door. Remember September when the big guys in the bullpen got injured? Yeesh. Right now it’s David Robertson and some questions marks. There are still plenty of options out there, but the Yankees need to start adding some pieces before they are all gone.
Starter: To wait for Masahiro Tanaka to be posted or not wait, that is the question. Even though the posting system has been agreed to, we don’t know if he’s going to be posted. We’ve heard the Yankees are interested in Johan Santana (as I’ve written that they should be), but they may have as many as five other teams who are also interested in Tanaka’s services. I think the Yankees should be more aggressive and think of Tanaka as a bonus. I would try and obtain Matt Garza as a free agent. He’s the best pitcher on the market that won’t cost another draft pick, and has experience pitching in the AL East.
Infield: At this point for the Yankees, what’s on second and I don’t know is on third base. Kelly Johnson may very well be at one of those spots and until the Alex Rodriguez suspension is figured out we really don’t know about third. Could Omar Infante be coming? Not fit he Yankees don’t add that fourth year to the offer.
The Yankees still have a lot of questions, but the off-season isn’t about what the team looks like on December 12. It’s what they look like April 1 that matters and the front office will address the question marks.
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