Who might the Yankees target in the 2011-2012 offseason?

Reader Travis recently asked us to take a look ahead to next offseason, to see who comes off the board for the Yankees, who in the free agent class might make sense to pursue and who might be ready to contribute from the farm.

We’ll start by taking a look at the Yankees’ 2011 and 2012 payroll obligations. The following chart was culled from Cot’s and Joe Pawlikowski’s post last month on RAB about the Yankee payroll, which in turn mined data from Cot’s Yankee payroll spreadsheet.

NYY Under Contract 2011 2012
Alex Rodriguez $32,000,000 $30,000,000
CC Sabathia $24,285,714 $24,286,000
Mark Teixeira $23,125,000 $23,125,000
A.J. Burnett $16,500,000 $16,500,000
Derek Jeter $15,000,000 $16,000,000
Mariano Rivera $15,000,000 $15,000,000
Jorge Posada $13,100,000
Rafael Soriano $10,000,000 $11,000,000
Robinson Cano $10,000,000 $2,000,000
Nick Swisher $9,100,000 $1,000,000
Curtis Granderson $8,250,000 $10,000,000
Pedro Feliciano $4,000,000 $4,000,000
Damaso Marte $4,000,000 $250,000
Russell Martin $4,000,000
Phil Hughes $2,700,000
Joba Chamberlain $1,400,000
Boone Logan $1,200,000
Sergio Mitre $900,000
$194,560,714 $153,161,000

This of course does not include the remaining 22 players that make up the 40-man roster.… Click here to read the rest

There is no plan to move Derek to CF

DJ-"I got it" BG-"No! I got it" DJ-"NO! I GOT IT!"

For the past few days, the MSM and interwebs have been abuzz by a comment that Yankee GM Brian Cashman made at the WFAN breakfast on Tuesday. You would think that Brian said something really interesting, really decisive. Something that Yankee fans and baseball fans have been holding their collective breath about some big star player, and Brian finally cleared things up with a declarative statement. But he didn’t. In reality, he did nothing of the sort.

First, the context. The question was asked by an audience member if Derek will remain at shortstop for the entire 4 years of his newly minted contract. Mike Francesa immediately followed up with “what about moving Derek to third?” which is something he’s often discussed on his radio show. Brian said that he’s heard Mike discuss that on his show (long time listener, first time caller) but doesn’t like the idea of Derek on third.… Click here to read the rest

Duchscherer: I Can Play In New York

I have pushed for the Yankees to acquire Justin Duchscherer to solidify the back of their rotation on numerous occasions. A few weeks ago, Jerry Crasnick reported that the Yankees were pursuing Duchscherer, but nothing seemed to come of it. As I said at the time, Duch is likely the most talented of the pitchers currently on the market, but has some red flags surrounding him:

The problem with Duke is a variety of health issues that make it difficult to project his performance going forward. He missed time in 2007 due to a hip issue, had some nagging injuries hamper him in 2008, lost the entire 2009 due to an elbow problem, and missed a large chunk of 2010 due to a problem with his other hip. Additionally, he has struggled with depression issues, and he has Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which he feels is exacerbated by the uneven schedule that comes with being in the bullpen. Taken together, the case for Duchscherer reads much like the case for many of the low risk, high reward guys available at this time of the year.

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Assuming the Position: Will Jeter’s Career End More Like Mantle’s or DiMaggio’s?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

As is often its custom, the New York Post took a rather innocuous comment and turned it into a blaring headline. Although there really is no reason to suggest that Derek Jeter will be doing his best Robin Yount impersonation anytime soon, that didn’t stop the city’s most creative tabloid from naming him the heir apparent to Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.

If Jeter does eventually move off his current position, he wouldn’t be the first Yankees’ Hall of Famer to make such a concession to age later in his career. In fact, two of the team’s most decorated legends, Mantle and Yogi Berra, played several years toward the end of their careers in unfamiliar territory.

In 1965, Mantle made his first move over to left field, which allowed Tom Tresh to take over in center. Then, after slipping back into CF for the 1966 season, Mantle closed out his career manning first base for two years.… Click here to read the rest

Maybe Jeter Needs to Have His Feelings Hurt

I do assume that this isn’t the only thing he doesn’t want us to talk about though. I mean, he probably doesn’t want us talking about all the double plays he grounds into or all those pitches out of the strike zone he flailed at last year or the fact that he came up short in high leverage (read, clutch) situations last year either. So somebody from Derek’s camp should probably fax over a list of things on the field I’m not allowed to talk about relating to Derek Jeter before Opening Day, or this season could get messy.

You saw how he reacted to his contract negotiations becoming such a public squabble this winter, showing some rare anger toward the Yankees after he signed. Most of that anger was unquestionably aimed at Cashman for publicly daring Jeter to test the free agent market, and I’m betting the captain was equally ticked Tuesday when he heard that his GM said he envisioned a Robin Yount-like move to center field for Jeter at some point.Click here to read the rest