It’s starting to be that time of the year, when some start looking at what the next year’s free agent class might begin to look like. We’re still squarely focused on the Rays and the playoffs and despite what Wallace Matthews thinks, we’re not taking anything or anyone for granted. Jon Heyman kicks it off with looking at the biggest names to come in the 2011 free agent market:
Both the exec and one agent suggested Rays outfielder Crawford could get at least $120 million over seven years. All three baseball people polled predicted Rangers starting pitcher Lee would hit $100 million, or more. The estimates for Werth ranged from $85 million to $96 million. And Derek Jeter, who’s had an off year for him offensively but is an icon and a winner, was predicted by one agent to get $25 million per year for two years and another to hit the $100-million mark over five.
First of all, I don’t think that the Yankees will be in, legitimately in, on either outfielder. Unless, of course, the Yankees’ brass has turned cold on Curtis Granderson and finds an eager buyer. I, for one, do not think that is true or a likely outcome. I suspect that Cashman & Co. believe wholeheartedly in Curtis Granderson, the man and the ballplayer. Along with Curtis, Swisher and Gardner are both under contract for next year. Their 2011 contracts are reasonable, especially for the Yankees:
- Granderson: $8.25m
- Swisher: $9.0m
- Gardner: $0.425m in 2010, due for a modest raise in 2011
Let’s take these one at a time since well, each of these guys has or will be tied to the Yanks at some point and it’s something to discuss and debate today.
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