Poll results: Who BBD readers want to see stay and go

I ran a poll after the Yankees were eliminated to see which players people wanted to see stay with the Yankees to 2013 and which people wanted to run out of town. For the most part the answers were predictable, but there were a few shockers.

Here are the results:
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Alex Rodriguez: 63% of you want to see him traded this offseason.
Robinson Cano: The overwhelming majority (90%) want him to stay despite postseason struggles.
Nick Swisher: He’s probably leaving via free agency and 74% of you are OK with that.
Ichiro Suzuki: He just turned 39, but 88% of you want him to stay.
Andy Pettitte: Not sure why it’s not 100%, but it’s close. 92% of you want him to stay.
Hiroki Kuroda: In Pettitte’s boat. 95% want him to stick around.
Russell Martin: Despite hitting under .200 for most of the year, 62% want him back.
Raul Ibanez: Chicks dig the long ball. BBD readers do too. 69% want him to stay.
Curtis Granderson: This was the closest of all, only 54% want to see him back next year.
Eric Chavez: People are probably worried about his 0-fer in the playoffs. 55% want him to stay.

So BBD readers have spoken and they want A-Rod and Nick Swisher out of town and people are pretty much split on whether or not to bring Grandy back too.

To me the biggest surprise was Martin. He was basically a zero for most of the year with the bat, but he did come through with homers in a few big spots and apparently that’s what wins fans over.

I was a little bit surprised to see that so many wanted Ichiro and Ibanez back. Both were very productive for the Yankees in 2012, but Ibanez will be 41 next June and Ichiro just turned 39. The overwhelming majority aren’t concerned about age then.

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11 Responses to Poll results: Who BBD readers want to see stay and go

  1. Bernard says:

    I'm fine with Ichiro but not Ibanez. Ichiro upped his production from Seattle (showing it was a case of motivation) but Ibanez was at his best and it wasn't enough. Two homers in the post-season doesn't do it. Martin is excellent defensively, and although he had a marginal hitting year his worth extends beyond that. Chavez: tooo frail. And A-Rod? Keep him. He gets all the hate, but he suffered a broken hand for god's sake! He still batted as well as the other dogs in the line-up in the post-season, and better than Cano, so what's with all the hate?

    • map2history says:

      "Two homers in the post-season doesn't do it"????????

      First, he hit three – his homer tied the second game versus Detroit.

      He he a home run against Boston in the ninth inning during the last game of the regular season at a point when the Orioles were one game behind the Yanks.

      Sorry, but three home runs in a post-season "doesn't do it"???? Ridiculous. Sign him for another one-year / one million contract.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        Guy is 41, cannot field, and hit .240 with a .308 OBP. These are below league average numbers. And he only reached those by being hot at the end. For most of the season his numbers were much worse. A number of big hits in the post season? Yes absolutely. But this team needs to get younger (oldest team in the majors at 31.5, next year it'll be 32.5) so this old guy should go.

  2. Joe says:

    Give me Kuroda, Pettitte, and Ichiro and keep the rest

  3. Fred says:

    Ichiro is old, but he's clearly still talented both at the plate and in the field. Obviously you don't want to sign a multi year deal, but at the very least he'll be a great 4th outfielder next year.

    Ibanez is a different story though… He's just a bat at this point. If he didn't do what he did in the playoffs this wouldn't even be close. I don't think it makes sense to use a roster spot on him with the Yankee's rotating DH system. Especially because he did struggle for a good chunk of the year.

    Martin can probably be signed fairly cheap, and is better or on par with the FA catchers out there

  4. Otto says:

    Personally I would see who ever wanted Cano I would package A-Rod's contract. Cano is not worth the money he will be asking for no way. I think David Adams would do a nice job taking Cano's place. Swisher can not perform with the pressure on in the playoffs. He is not worth the money he is asking either. I would unload Granderson too he has gotten worse year by year. He strikes out way too much and can not hit for average.

    • Fred says:

      Yes, we should dump 4 of the 9 guys that just helped this team to the best record in the American league, and replace them with AA guys like David Adams

      cmon man.

      • Otto says:

        Yeah the best record in the American League and swept in the championship series. It was the pitching that carried them not Cano, not A-Rod, not Swisheer, and not Granderson. It was Jeter, Ichiro and clutching hitting by Ibanez. Wake Up they give them these guys too long of contracts then they are a shadow of themselves. Sure I am sure you want to give Cano his 10 years 200 million.

  5. Tanned Tom says:

    When a player enters his walk year, the consideration should be does the club WANT to re-sign him, and CAN they re-sign him. If they don't want to, or reasonably expect that they cannot, they should trade him. Unless they think the best they can get for him is the 1st round draft pick that comes after a qualifying offer.
    With Cano, it seems his agent is expecting a 10 deal at over $200 mil. Unless Borass can corner Hank Steinbrenner or Randy Levine again and make them drink the kool aid, there should be no way any player at age 30 gets a 10 year deal. It's just dumb. Probably this is pre-negotiation posturing. But I think 5 years is stretching it for a middle infielder. Just look at how many are washed up defensively by the time they're 35. Almost all.

  6. Tanned Tom says:

    Granderson? Trade him, or at least move him to LF and Gardner to CF.
    Can Ibanez, Chavez, and Jones and Garcia.
    Swisher, yeah he's gone.
    A-Roid? 5 more f-ing years?! Aaaaaargh! I say move Jeter to 3B, Nunez to SS, let Alex know he's a part time DH from now on as a way to force him to waive his no trade clause. Then ship him. Miami or Tampa for prospects. Or to the Angels for, gulp, Vernon Wells (hey, 4th OF) and a draft pick.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Keep Arod, Granderson,Swisher, Ibanez and Chavez. They need all of them. There is no reason not to keep them.