Decisions; Decisions; Decisions !!! … That’s what the Hot Stove League is all about — how to best improve your team in Baseball’s “so-called” off-season. Of course, there really is not an “off-season” in Baseball anymore. As we all know, baseball is a year-round sport; and, the winter months are just the “post”, post season; and, “pre”- spring training time for the upcoming baseball season.
Well, at the General Manager meetings this past week, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, in Dana Point, CA, the planning and decision-making by all baseball teams is in full force. But, the main action will start to take place at the end of this week, after these GM meetings have been completed.
After November 14th, teams will be able to start contacting and signing free-agents. So, that’s when the New York Yankees will open their bank vaults to start rebuilding the team by shelling out huge sums of money for the best free-agents on the market. So be it !!!
Spend Baby Spend … Spend Baby Spend … Spend Baby Spend !!!
Yes, George, Hank, and Hal Steinbrenner … Spend Baby Spend !!!
Hopefully, Brian Cashman hears this plea … Brian, the wallet is open !!!
Spend Baby Spend !!!
In my view, I offer the following moves the New York Yankees should make on some of the names mentioned recently during “Hot Stove” discussions. I will enter a simple “Yes” or “No” following my opinion regarding each player; and, the direction I believe the Yankees should take on these moves …
* Mark Teixeira – YES, YES, YES !!!
* CC Sabathia – YES, YES, YES !!!
* A.J. Burnett – NO
* Derek Lowe – NO
* Oliver Perez – NO
* Orlando Hudson – NO
* Manny Ramirez – NO !!! NO !!! NO !!! NO !!! NO !!!
CURRENT YANKEE PLAYERS:
* Bobby Abreu – Re-Sign – YES, YES, YES !!!
* Andy Petitte – Re-Sign – YES
* Mike Mussina – Re-Sign – YES – [if Mussina does not retire]
* Jason Giambi – NO
* Ivan Rodriguez – NO
* Carl Pavano – NO, NO, NO, NO, NO !!!!!
* Robinson Cano – NO, NO, NO !!!
* Ian Kennedy – YES
* Wilson Betemit – YES
* Jake Peavy – YES
* Mike Cameron – NO, NO, NO !!!
At This Point In The “Hot Stove League”, I would like to see the following everyday position players and starting pitching rotation, in the upcoming 2009 New York Yankees season …
(C) Jorge Posada
(1B) Mark Teixeira
(2B) Robinson Cano
(3B) Alex Rodriguez
(SS) Derek Jeter
(LF) Xavier Nady
(CF) Johnny Damon ? Melky Cabrera ?? Brett Gardner ???
(RF) Bobby Abreu
(DH) Hedeki Matsui
STARTING ROTATION …
* Joba Chamberlain
* Chein-Ming Wang
* CC Sabathia
* Jack Peavy
* Andy Pettitte
* Mike Mussina [if he does not retire]
* Phil Hughes
It’s interesting, the odds-makers must also believe the New York Yankees will spend heavily in this year’s Free-Agent Market.
In the “America’s Line” section in the New York Daily News … Benjamin Lee Eckstein has listed the following odds on who will win the 2009 World Series …
6-1 New York Yankees
7-1 Boston Red Sox
8-1 Chicago Cubs
8-1 Los Angeles Angels
12-1 New York Mets
15-1 Arizona Diamond Backs
15-1 Cleveland Indians
15-1 Detroit Tigers
15-1 Los Angeles Dodgers
15-1 Philadelphia Phillies
15-1 Tampa Bay Rays
20-1 Chicago White Sox
20-1 St. Louis Cardinals
25-1 Toronto Blue Jays
100-1 Baltimore Orioles
Note: Remaining MLB Teams not listed above were given odds of at least 25-1, or greater, by “America’s Line”, to win the 2009 World Series.
Enjoy the “Hot Stove League” !!!
— Jimmy [27NYY] “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”