Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated recently wrote a column on the Yankees offseason. A lot of what he wrote were just guesses, but educated ones, and a lot of what he wrote is based off his sources which he has a lot of. So take this for what it’s worth, good but ultimately not solid information.
Here are some highlights:
- Heyman expects Joe Girardi to resign for at least $3 million per year.
- Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are “all but certain to be back.”
- The Yankees suspect that Andy Pettitte willbe back.
- Word is that Cliff Lee will ask for the same 7-year $161 million deal that CC Sabathia got.
- The Yankees will want to offer Lee less years, but rotation question marks could force them to pay Lee whatever he wants.
- Heyman thinks Zack Greinke might not be a good fit, but they will look into him.
- If the Yankees can’t get either Lee or Greinke they will try to find another front-line starter or improve their offense by signing either Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth.
- The Yankees like Crawford more than Werth.
- The Yankees have mulled over Adam Dunn, but appear to want to keep the DH spot open.
- The plan behind the plate next year is to share time between Jorge Posada, Francisco Cervelli, and rookie Jesus Montero.
- Joba Chamberlain, Brett Gardner, and Nick Swisher could all be used as trade bait.
I actually agree with most of what he wrote. The biggest news of this piece is probably the bit about the Yankees looking to upgrade their offense if they fail to get a big starter. Also that they’ve been thinking about Dunn, but appear to not be so interested. There is also the news that they expect Montero to play a role on the team next year.