So, at the end of last season, Yankee management said they wanted to go in a different direction and that Torre would not be coming back. Joe Girardi was going to be the replacement to take the team in said direction. . . since then, Torre has taken the Dodgers to a commanding divisional lead and the Yanks are sitting comfortably in 4th. . . Which direction was that again??
While this season is lost, maybe all is not when you look toward '09 as you guys have already started to do. Here are my thoughts as of now
- On the bright side . .
. . about $80 million is coming off the payroll due to free agency.
. . they can use that to sign CC Sabathia, AJ Burnette, and/or Mark Teixeira. Maybe all three.
. . Wang, Chamberlain, Matsui and Posada will be back, and hopefully healthy.
. . Xavier Nady will be back.
. . Phil Hughes, Al Aceves, Phil Coke, and Humberto Sanchez will all be a year older, stronger, and ready to contribute for a full season.
. . Brett Gardner, Cody Ransom, Jaun Miranda, and Justin Christian will be allowed to compete for full time spots next season.
My question marks: Do we re-sign Moose, Giambi, or Abreu? What do we do with Ian Kennedy or Kei Igawa?
Who knows, maybe not making the playoffs will prove to be a blessing in disguise.
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