As I sit here on Thursday, October 27th during game 6 of the World Series I have been researching what the New York Yankees may do during the offseason to fix what may have gone wrong during their playoff stint. The Yankees have options up on Robinson Cano ($14 million) and Nick Swisher ($10.25 million), Russell Martin‘s contract is up and it is increasingly likely that CC Sabathia will opt out of his current contract. It would be in the best interest for the Yankees organization to pick up the option on Cano.
Who in their right mind would decline an option on a player who ranks within the top five of second baseman in the league. Cano was tops in the league in RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base-plus-slugging and second in games played, at-bats, runs, hits, extra base hits and batting average. He has put up career numbers in almost all statistical categories and is in contention for the AL MVP Award this past year. In February, Cano switched agents from Bobby Barad to Scott Boras (most feared baseball agent in the game), making many believe that Cano was in the game for the money and not for the team he played for.
Nick Swisher is not your average baseball player. Though Swish didn’t put remarkable numbers like he did in 2010, he was able to bring about a great atmosphere to the club house that not many players can do. He is the free spirited, fun-loving player who plays the game for the love of the sport and does’t care what others think about him. I believe that picking up his option who be most beneficial for the Yankees Organization. He would help loosen up the clubhouse in tense situations and bring about a good vibe when things are down.
C.C. Sabathia is one of the best starting pitchers in the game. Along with Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander, CC was lights out up until the middle of September. When looking into the free agent pool for the coming off-season there are no aces, maybe two or three second starters, 2 to 3 third starters and 10-20 fourth starters and fifth place starters. None of the players going into free agency can replace CC Sabathia’s average of 32 starts per year, 17 wins per-season, and 3.51 ERA (earned run average).
As the days and months move on, I will talk more in depth about what I think the Yankees need to do in order to make the team better and hopefully compete for a World Championship in 2012.