The first order of business for the Yankees this offseason is to re-sign Brian Cashman or find his replacement. Considering his relationship with ownership it would seem unlikely that they would replace him so expect him back in 2012.
After that the attention turns to the roster. Here is what we’ve got:
- Alex Rodriguez, 3B: Owed $143 million through 2017
- Mark Teixeira, 1B: Owed $112.5 million through 2016
- A.J. Burnett, SP: Owed $33 million through 2013
- Derek Jeter, SS: Owed $33 million through 2013 with player option.
- Mariano Rivera, RP: Owed $15 million through 2012
- Curtis Granderson, CF: Owed $10 million through 2012
- Pedro Feliciano, RP: Owed $4 million through 2012
Players who can opt-out
- CC Sabathia, SP: Owed $92 million through 2015 (Type A)
- Rafael Soriano, RP: Owed $25 million through 2013 (Type A)
- Robinson Cano, 2B: Option worth $14 million, also has 2013 option
- Nick Swisher, RF: Option worth $10.25 million
- Damaso Marte, RP: Option worth $4 million
- Andrew Brackman, RP: Option worth $1 million
Arbitration eligible players
- Russell Martin, C: Earned $4 million in 2011
- Phil Hughes, SP: Earned $2.7 million in 2011
- Joba Chamberlain, RP: Earned $1.4 million in 2011
- Boone Logan, RP: Earned $1.2 million in 2011
- Brett Gardner, LF: Earned $549.5K in 2011
- David Robertson, RP: Earned $460.45K in 2011
- Francisco Cervelli, C: Earned $455.7K in 2011
- Ivan Nova, SP: Earned $432.9K in 2011
- Jorge Posada, C/DH: Unranked
- Andruw Jones, OF: Unranked
- Eric Chavez, 3B: Unranked
- Freddy Garcia, SP: Type B
- Bartolo Colon, SP: Unranked
- Sergio Mitre, P: Unranked
- Luis Ayala, RP: Unranked
The most important player to deal with is Sabathia. The Yankees are hoping that he won’t opt-out, but it seems that he will at least re-negotiate his contract. Really not sure what Soriano is going to do as far as his opt-out goes, but it is hard seeing the Yankees re-sign him after the circus that happened last year. If he opts-out he’s probably gone.
The club options are pretty much no-brainers. Cano and Swisher have theirs picked up and Marte will be cut loose. Brackman had a terrible year, but he probably showed enough at the end that the Yankees will pick up his option.
The arbitration eligible players will all be back next year. The only one I could imagine them non-tendering is Boone Logan, but considering the fact that the Yankees have no other significant lefty relievers means that he’ll probably be back.
Finally there are the free agents. Posada is likely retiring as he won’t be useful even as a bench piece to the Yankees in 2012. Chavez is also supposedly leaning heavily toward retirement, but even if he doesn’t Brandon Laird likely replaces him next year.
Jones worked out well this year. I would like to see the Yankees bring him back next year, but because Scott Boras is his agent we cannot assume anything. Garcia could be back as well. He is a Type-B free agent so they’ll likely at least offer him arbitration to try to get a draft pick. Ayala is another one the Yankees could very well want back.
Colon is probably gone just because of his age. The only way I can see him coming back next year is on another minor league contract, but he’ll probably look for a guaranteed deal first. Mitre is probably gone as well, although I’m not 100 percent sure if he is arbitration eligible or not, but even if he is he is a likely non-tender.
Contract terms are according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts and Elias free agent rankings are according to MLBTradeRumors.com.