Hot Stove League … Yankee Decisions: Yes or No?

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 …

FREE AGENTS:

* 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 !!!!!

 

TRADES:

* 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”  

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23 comments

  1. bostonredsoxgirl46

    Mark Teixeira would be huge, as would Jake Peavy. As a Red Sox fan, I still fear the Yanks, and what they could do. You guys got unlucky with injuries (even more than the Sox did). The AL East is gonna be crazy next year.
    And yeah, Manny and the Yankees could logically never happen. Manny with his care-free dread-lock and beard spirit, making phone calls and eating sandwiches in the green monster during pitching changes, and faking knee injuries to not play is definitely not compatible with they Yankees organization.

  2. bostonredsoxgirl46

    Mark Teixeira would be huge, as would Jake Peavy. As a Red Sox fan, I still fear the Yanks, and what they could do. You guys got unlucky with injuries (even more than the Sox did). The AL East is gonna be crazy next year.
    And yeah, Manny and the Yankees could logically never happen. Manny with his care-free dread-lock and beard spirit, making phone calls and eating sandwiches in the green monster during pitching changes, and faking knee injuries to not play is definitely not compatible with they Yankees organization.
    -Elizabeth
    redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

  3. bob6k

    Jimmy,
    I think it is going to take trading Hughes and Jackson to get Peavy. Something I would not like to see happen. So with that exception, I totally agree with you!!!

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Elizabeth …

    Great to read your comments !!! … Yeah, as you said, “The AL East is gonna be crazy next year” … The Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, and Blue Jays, all will have good teams in 2009 [even the Orioles will play tough games against all the teams in the East], which should provide many great moments, and a great pennant race for first place in the AL East … I think the Yankees will make some big moves to improve the team, the most important of which, in my opinion, would be to bring Mark Tex; CC Sabathia; and, Jack Peavy to New York, as well as, re-signing, Bobby Abreu, Andy Pettitte, and Mike Mussina [if he doesn’t retire] … And, Manny is definitely not a player any team should want … Manny is a very selfish person and player, and just not a good teammate !!! … No way do I want Manny on the Yankees … Let “Manny be Manny” someplace else !!! … The 2009 Baseball Season should be fun … I look forward to the first “Yankees vs. Red Sox” series … Take care, Elizabeth [redsoxgirl46] !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

  5. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Robert …

    How’s everything going? … It should be a very productive winter for the Yankees, with more than a couple of free-agent signings … Hopefully, Tex, CC, and Abreu are on the top of the list … As for Jack Peavy, I think he would add a lot to the starting rotation, but, I also hope, the Yankees don’t make the trade if Hughes and Jackson are part of the deal … If those are the only players San Diego will accept, then I would not make the deal … Maybe, the Yankees can put together a package that includes Ian Kennedy, and some other lower level minor league players to complete the trade … Let’s hope Brian Cashman makes a “smart” move that will bring Peavy to the Yanks without giving up too much … Only, time will tell !!! … Take care, Robert !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

  6. Jane Heller

    Well, now we know that Peavy’s out. He’s narrowed his selection down to three NL teams. And Moose still hasn’t decided if he’ll retire. With the likelihood of Pettitte back, we’ve got Wang, Joba and Andy as sure things. Hughes will have to fight his way into the rotation. We need CC!!!!!!!!! And maybe Lowe. (Burnett’s health makes him a risk.)

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  7. welikeroywelikeroy

    I can envision Teixeria being with the Yankees somehow. He looks like a Yankee! I don’t know where I’m getting this from, but its just a feeling I’m getting. Bad part about that for me is Teixeria kills the Blue Jays, 17 career homers, hits .313, with a .733 Slugging Percentage against Toronto.
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  8. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Jane …

    If that’s the case regarding Jake Peavy, then maybe it’s for the best … As Robert said above, “San Diego is looking to get Phil Hughes and Austin Jackson in a trade for Peavy” … and, I agree with Robert, I would not want the Yankees to trade for Peavy if the deal included, Hughes and Jackson … It would be great if the Yankees could somehow work out a deal for Peavy, but only if they don’t give up too much, or trade away any top prospects in the deal … But, as I know you agree, Jane, a trade for Jake Peavy is secondary to the Yankees signing “free-agent” CC Sabathia !!! … Signing, CC and Tex, are the major priorities for the Yankees this winter !!! … If we get CC, that will give the Yankees a very formidable starting rotation of: Joba, Wang, CC, Pettitte, Hughes, and maybe, Mussina [if he doesn’t retire] … So, let’s hope the Yankees spend whatever it takes to bring CC and Tex to New York … Take care, Jane … Jimmy [27NYY]

  9. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Jeremy …

    I agree — Tex does have the “look” of a Yankee, and would be a perfect fit in the Yankees lineup and on the field … If the Yankees do sign him, Tex could be the Yankees first baseman for the next 7-10 years !!! … And, wow !!! … Those numbers against the Blue Jays are awesome … His stats alone could add a few games in the standings for the Yankees over the Blue Jays … Great comments, Jeremy; and, thanks for the visit !!! Jimmy [27NYY]

  10. yankeefan

    Hey Jimmy,-
    -I don’t agree that Phil Hughes should be in the rotation and I think the Yankees should trade him
    – I think Joba Chamberlain should be in the bullpen so he doesn’t suffer another injury
    -I don’t agree with your opinion of not signing A.J. Burnett
    – I don’t agree with not signing Manny Ramirez because he is one of the most clutch performers in baseball. Also, he would protect A-Rod in the lineup and take pressure off him to always get the clutch hit.

  11. yankeefan

    -Phil Hughes should be traded because he was pitching poorly
    – We should trade for Manny because he would protect A-ROD in the lineup and he is a clutch hitter
    -I think Joba should be in the bullpen so he doesn’t hurt his shoulder
    – We should sign A.J. Burnett because he is a top of the line pitcher and he will pitch a lot of innings if not injured
    – We should trade for Mike Cameron and give the Brewers Melky Cabrera and Ian Kennedy. Mike Cameron is a veteran center fielder with a lot of speed and with strong arm.

  12. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Yankeefan …

    We both agree the Yankees need to make some “big” moves to improve the team … And, that’s the great thing about the winter “Hot Stove League” — we all can be General Managers, with our own opinions on how best to piece together the puzzle that will put the best players possible on the roster, so the Yankees can bring home their 27th World Championship in 2009 … I guess it’s fair to say, we are in agreement regarding Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Bobby Abreu, and Andy Pettitte being signed by Yankees, since you didn’t mention those names in your comments … I feel very strongly, the signing of Tex, CC, Abreu, Pettitte, and Mike Mussina [if he doesn’t retire], should be the Yankees “top” priorities this winter … Now, if the Yankees cannot sign Sabathia, then I would look to sign Derek Lowe or A.J. Burnett, as a second option [only] … The thing that concerns me about Burnett is the fact that he has had injury problems in the past, and signing A.J. for 5-6 years may be too much of a gamble … I would like the Yankees to try to work out a deal for Jake Peavy, but San Diego is asking for too much in any deal already talked about; and, it seems Peavy wants to stay in the National League — so, the Yankees may be out of the running for Peavy [at this time] … Regarding the starting rotation, Brian Cashman has already stated that the only two spots “set” [in the rotation] are Joba Chamberlain and Chein-Ming Wang … Since both are coming off injuries, that is the reason I would like the Yankees to re-sign Andy Pettitte, who is a veteran that can give the Yanks 200+ innings, and at least 12-15 wins in 2009 … Phil Hughes will have to earn his way into the rotation — and, I think he deserves a least a chance to prove he can do the job by having a great spring training … In my view, I think Joba can be the Yankees “ace” for many years to come, and it would be a waste to exile him in the bullpen … Joba needs to be a starter from the beginning of spring training, right throughout the season … Moving Joba “back-and-forth” last year may have caused his injury at the end of season, and the Yankees can’t repeat that approach again in 2009 … Let’s see what Joba can do as a starter for a full season !!! … Regarding centerfield, the Yankees just do not need Mike Cameron … The Brewers are asking too much for him, and I think the Yankees would be much better off with the players they now have: Damon, Melky, or Gardner … It would be a great mistake if the Yankees do not re-sign Bobby Abreu, and then trade for Mike Cameron … It would be like the Yankees included Abreu in any deal that would bring Cameron to New York … And, finally, Manny Ramirez … Like I stated in my post: “No!!! No !!! No !!! No !!! No !!!” … Yes, Manny is a great hitter … But, he also brings many headaches to any team he plays for … Also, Manny is asking for a six-year contract in the range of $150 Million … Way too much for a very selfish person and player … In my view, let Manny take his act any place else, but not with the New York Yankees !!! … The Yankees do not need “Manny Being Manny” here in New York !!! … That act just will not play very well in the new Yankee Stadium !!! … Thanks for the visit, Yankeefan !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”

  13. bostonredsoxgirl46

    Jimmy,
    The one thing that I regret most is not being able to make a pilgrimage to the old Yankee Stadium. I know I’ll go to the new one sometime, but the old one just seems like it would’ve had a sentimental atmosphere because so much history has happened. I too am anticipating those priceless Yankee vs. Red Sox match ups, and I’d love to go to one of the spring training match ups between them.
    -Elizabeth

  14. bryanv21

    Mark Teixiera could be a good signing, but there are a few reservations I have about it. 1. The Yankees have Jesus Montero in the minors, and with his bat he may be better off not catching in MLB, 2. Jorge Posada is going to have to move (declining skill, Montero, Austin Romine, Francisco Cervelli, etc), and 1B may be the spot for him, and 3. Derek Jeter could also be a 1B in the future (although I think LF would suit him better).

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  15. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Elizabeth …

    I have been to Yankee Stadium many times throughout the years, and it is one of the most beautiful sights in baseball and all sports … I did attend the final game at Yankee Stadium at the end of the “2007 Season”; and, was blessed to get a ticket to Pope Benedict XVI’s historic Mass at the Stadium on April 20, 2008 … So, those are the final times I was actually in Yankee Stadium, and both days will always be a very special to me, and close to my heart — especially, attending the Pope’s “Special Mass” !!! … Hopefully, I will be able to attend [at least] one game at the “new” Yankee Stadium in 2009 … But, if not in 2009, then def sometime in the future … I will be watching all the games on T.V. [Yes, My9, Fox, etc.], though; and, like I said in my comments on your blog, I look forward to the first Yankees vs. Red Sox series in the 2009 Season [the weekend of: April 24-25-26th – at Fenway Park, in Boston]; and, the first time the Red Sox visit the new Yankee Stadium [May 4th and 5th] … Like you said in your above comments, “the Yankees vs. Red Sox matchups are priceless” … Spring Training and the new 2009 baseball season will be here before we all know it, and I think we all can look forward to a very exciting season !!! … Take care, Elizabeth [redsoxgirl46] !!! Jimmy [27NYY] “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”

  16. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, bryanv21 …

    Thanks for the visit !!! … I agree, the Yankees have many good young prospects as options in the future at first base and catcher … But, these players are still unproven, and at least 2-3 years away from making it into the Major Leagues … The Yankees really need to have a solid everyday player at first [now] in 2009; and, that’s why I think, Mark Teixiera, an “all-star”, switch-hitting, power-hitting, good fielding, .300 hitting, first baseman, is the perfect fit for the Yankees at first base for [possibly] the next 7-10 years !!! … If the Yankees cannot sign Tex, well, then, maybe Jaun Miranda can win the starting spot at first base by having a “great” spring training … But, I don’t think Jorge Posada is an option at first, because he has already stated “he is the Yankees catcher, and does not want to play first base” … If Posada still has throwing problems as a result of his injury last year, then I would look for him to split his time between catching and as the DH, with Jose Molina getting a lot of playing time behind the plate in 2009 … The Yankees have high hopes for Jesus Montero; and, I do think Montero can be the Yankees “catcher of the future”, starting in the 2011 season !!! … And, as far as Derek Jeter’s future in the field — well, I think it is still too early to consider when, if ever, Jeter will move from the starting shortstop position … In my view, that decision should be made by Derek Jeter, if, and, when the time comes … But, at this point, I would say Jeter will be the Yankees starting shortstop for at least the next “five” years … I think the discussion of Derek Jeter moving to another position will start being talked about sometime in the 2012 or 2013 seasons … Until that time, I am very comfortable with “the captain” at short, for as long as Derek feels he can, and wants to, play the position !!! … Thanks again for your very thoughtful comments, bryanv21 … The Yankees have many options to consider, and will start the process at the end of this week [Nov 14th and 15th] when they can start contacting free-agents; and, also at the “Baseball Winter Meetings”, Dec 8-14th … Take care !!! … I will be sure to visit your “blog” soon !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”

  17. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, marcevan …

    Well, it’s an “open market”, and just like the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Angels have the “money” to sign any free-agent they want !!! … So, “Good Luck” !!! … I’m sure Mark Teixeira will sign with the team that offers him the best deal … As a Yankees fan, I hope Tex will come to New York; and, be the Yankees first baseman for the next 7-10 years !!! … Thanks for the visit, marcevan !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

  18. kbp

    Jimmy Hopefully this gets posted as my comments get rejected as not being allowed. Have sent an email to you though. I agree with your views again the team does not need a lot of tinkering just add Sabbathia and texeira with maybe another starter thrown in such as Burnett and Peavy

    Aussie Bryan

  19. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, “Aussie” Bryan …

    How’s it going mate !!! … Bryan, it’s good to hear from you … I did receive your e-mail, and will send a response to your e-mail within the next few days … Maybe by then the Yankees would have already signed CC Sabathia, and, hopefully, Mark Tex … Also, I think it’s very important that the Yankees re-sign Bobby Abreu and Andy Pettitte !!! … Anyway, take care for now, Bryan … I will talk to you soon !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

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