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:
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.