The New York Yankees aren’t used to being quiet at this time of year. The Yankees right now are quiet though. I don’t want to be like everyone else and start speculating on what is wrong with the Yankees. I actually don’t think there is anything wrong with them. They went after pitching first and did resign Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Hiroki Kuroda. They have a formidable rotation right now with CC Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova/David Phelps. Their bullpen sets up pretty well also even without Rafael Soriano. The Yankees right now though need a right fielder, a catcher unless they go with what they have and a 3B since Alex Rodriguez is hurt for at least half the season.
The Yankees did make an offer to Kevin Youkilis on Thursday for one year and 12 million. It looks like it is between them and the Cleveland Indians who have his former manager Terry Francona as their new manager. It is being reported also that Cleveland offered two years, less money per year but the extra year. It will be interested if he ends up with the Yankees. He played most of his career in Boston and was hated by the Yankees fans, also what kind of first clubhouse meeting will it be between him and Joba Chamberlain?? It should be interesting but I do think he may be the best fit for them in that position. He isn’t as good as he used to be but can play a pretty good third and is a high on base guy. He has some power also. The Yankees lost Eric Chavez and Jeff Keppinger but in the end they may end up with someone better.
The Yankees I think will still end up resigning Ichiro Suzuki and to me that would be the best fit for right field. They are losing a lot of power from Martin, Swisher, Arod but I think they need to get away from that and become more balanced like the great late 90s teams were. It is only December and they don’t need to field a team until the middle of February so there is plenty of time. It doesn’t look like the Yankees will do much or anything big though. They could swing a trade which there is a rumor today that they are shopping Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova. I am not so sure about that and I am sure they would ask for a lot.
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