The champagne has been poured, the celebration has quieted, and the parade has passed through the Canyon of Heroes.
Jeter and Teixeira are polishing their Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger Awards. Next week MLB will announce Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Award winners. I would expected CC to come up in the CY Young talk, but would be shocked if it's anyone other than Zack Greinke. MVP will be announced the following week. That should be a little closer vote between Mauer, Jeter, and Teixeira.
Now is the time when the team, and we as fans, turn our attention to next season and how the team may be improved. The GM meetings have concluded earlier this week and the Winter Meetings are just around the corner (December 7-10).
The Yankees have some needs to address. They need help in the OF, maybe a DH, and perhaps a starting pitcher or two. Damon, Matsui, and Pettitte are all key free agents that Brian Cashman will have tough decisions to make. December 1 is a key date as that is the last date for a team to offer arbitration to a player. Being that Damon, Matsui, and Pettitte are each considered Type A players I would think the Yankees would offer each arbitration, but that's not a guarantee (recall Bobby Abreu last year). Do they want Damon and/or Matsui back at about $15MM??? I think Pettitte is a lock to return, Cashman has already stated that he sees both Hughes and Joba as starters next season. Wang most likely will not be in pinstripes next season. Early speculation is that the Yankees are not interested in any big time free agents but may address needs through trades. Let that lead to the talk of landing Roy Halladay. Though the back pages of the NY papers are filled with...Curtis Granderson???
Put on your GM hats and let's get the talks, rumors, and speculation flowing.