16 Season all with the Yanks. 10 AL East Titles. 6 AL Pennants. 4 World Series Titles.
Span of 8 consecutive seasons of batting .300 or more. 4-time Gold Glove Winner. AL Batting Champion in 1998.
Career #s: 2,336 Hits, 287 HRs, .297 Avg, .381 OBP.
Those numbers look good don't they? Question is, will they get added to or not? Will they get added to with him in Pinstripes?
As of right now, there is no room for Bernie. Most teams have done their deals, so the likelihood of Cabrera being moved prior to Spring Training seems very unlikely.
At the same time there are several ball clubs in need of a classy leader that can deliver some numbers for them. Does he wait it out and see if the Yanks give him a year extension and play part time again? Is his music career his passion now? Or does he sign a 2 to 3 year deal, get paid, go to a hitter friendly ball park and sure up his numbers for the Cooperstown debate?
Probably the latter, but it will be sad to see him not in the Bronx. From a fan's perspective, now realizing he may not be there this coming season, I realize what a luxury it has been to have Bernie as a player all these years as a Yankee.