Yanks Go Yard Mailbag – Issue #2
What’s done is done, and as much as it pains us New York Yankees fans to say, the Boston Red Sox won this year’s World Series. However, allow me to take your mind off of that with another edition of the Yanks Go Yard mailbag.
Yeah Brett, we’re shocked that you didn’t get a Gold Glove too. (Image: Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)
How realistically will resigning Robinson Cano be? Or if he goes West, who will be the run producer to replace him (feel like Billy Beane in “Moneyball”)?
I think it’s very realistic that the Yankees re-sign Cano. First off, no team is going to give him $300 million, so let’s get that out of the way. I don’t think though, that there is any team out there, that has a chance of contending, that will be willing to give Cano what he wants except for the Yankees. I think that Cano will ultimately get a 5 year deal worth $125 million.
Now if for some reason the Yankees fail to bring Cano back, the in-house run producers to replace him would be Alfonso Soriano and Mark Teixeira, who combined, can make up for the loss of Cano in the lineup. On the free agent market, perhaps Carlos Beltran or Brian McCann can begin to replace Cano’s offensive production, but come nowhere near actually replicating it.
In the end though, I think Cano is still a Yankee come 2014.
Why isn’t Brett Gardner up for a Gold Glove award?
Bias against the Yankees? I really don’t know. Gardner was robbed though, that’s for sure.
Who is Seung-Hwan Oh?
Oh is another overseas player who the Yankees are looking at alongside Masahiro Tanaka. He’s a 31 year old right-handed relief pitcher from South Korea. He has a fastball that tops out at 97 mph, and that seems to be his claim to fame. In his career, he has a 1.69 ERA with a record of 28-13.
Despite the age, I guess he’s worth taking a look at. He could be a solid addition to the bullpen next season.
Out of every offensive hole that the Yankees must fill this year, which is most important?
I would say that catcher is the most important offensive hole to fill. While guys like Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart, Austin Romine, and JR Murphy were able to hold down the fort throughout the season, I’m not sure if the Yankees can really survive another year like that.
Obviously McCann is the big catcher on the market this off-season, but if he prices his way out of the Yankees’ range, then they could easily go after another catcher such as Dioner Navarro. They really just need a two-year stopgap until Gary Sanchez is ready to come up to the big leagues.
That’s going to do it for this edition of the mailbag, but be sure to leave your questions in the comments, or ask us on Facebook or Twitter or email us at email@example.com.