Last week, I asked Yankees fans to send in their questions about the 2013 team and the offseason and I was surprised by the amount of questions I received. Since I haven’t done this in a long time (and haven’t done it yet on Bronx Baseball Daily), I decided to have a Yankees Mailbag where I will sort through your questions and answer them. I’m thinking of making this a bi-weekly article so if something pops up during the week I don’t do a mailbag, there could be discussion on it during an upcoming mailbag. Enough of my rambling, let’s get on with answering your Yankees questions!
@dfiregirl4 What free agent do you think the Yankees need next year? Besides Cano or any other Yankee free agents.
— Jamie Tombari (@JamieTombari) October 2, 2013
One of the Yankees main needs is a Major League catcher. Let’s face it, Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine aren’t Major League catchers. I would look into probably Brian McCann (2013 season: .256/.336/.461). He’s had 20 or more HR’s since 2009. And let’s be frank, he’s a huge upgrade over what we have now.
@dfiregirl4 And if the Yankees don’t resign Girardi. Who do you see the Yankees getting?
— Jamie Tombari (@JamieTombari) October 2, 2013
I still think that the Yankees are going to have Girardi as the manager in 2014, but if Girardi hypothetically said no and went on his merry way, then I would probably suggest Tony Pena, who is currently a coach on the Yankees. I was impressed with how he managed his team in the World Baseball Classic, so I don’t see why not. But if Tony Pena is out of the question–Ozzie Guillen anyone? (Just kidding…maybe.)
— Dan Fegley (@DanFegs) October 2, 2013
Michael Pineda is going to compete for a spot in the rotation during Spring Training, according to Brian Cashman. However, it’s not guaranteed Pineda makes the 2014 rotation since he still has options for the minors. But he’s definitely in contention for a spot. Oh and he’s also 100% healthy.
@dfiregirl4 what is your take on the amount of $ and years Cano is looking for also do you think Gardner will be offered multi year contrac
— Jay Barrett (@Jayb725L) October 3, 2013
The years and amount of money Robinson Cano wants is downright absurd. No team is going to give him 10-years and $300 Million, which is more than Alex Rodriguez‘s contract. I like Cano but he’s not the best player in the universe.
As for your question about Brett Gardner, I think he could be offered a multi-year contract, maybe 2-3 years. But it won’t happen until after the 2014 season finishes since he’s a free agent then. He’s streaky, he gets injured a lot–but he’s a piece the Yankees can’t afford to lose.
@dfiregirl4 If Cano does not resign for whatever reasons, whats the backup plan? Is there one? And how do we fix our minor league issue?
— Timothy (@TimmyBurns1313) October 3, 2013
Yankees could sign a couple power bats (Mark Reynolds, Brian McCann, etc.) and then attempt to get creative. The Yankees themselves don’t have a backup plan as of yet (or they do and just haven’t told the media). The minor league issue is tricky, because you can draft any player yet you don’t know if they’re going to become a superstar or not. I won’t lie though: the Yankees minor leagues are in shambles. What I would do is have scouts analyze every draft pick on the board, just to get a sense of what they’re dealing with.
@dfiregirl4 what was the final score of the Yankees 18th World Series title and who did they play?
— My Giants are AWFUL (@makman90) October 3, 2013
I love questions like these! Final score of Game 7 of the 1958 World Series was 6-2 Yankees and they played against the Milwaukee Braves. (For the record I did not cheat or look it up).
— ShutDownGovtFamily (@ProudYankfan) October 3, 2013
Well I said above in the first question I want them to get Brian McCann. Francisco Cervelli…I like him but he’s not a Major League catcher in my eyes. Chris Stewart…to quote Phillip Phillips, “Gone, Gone, Gone.”
@dfiregirl4 Is Girardi moving to Chicago?
— T. Frank Gentry (@yankeefrank23) October 3, 2013
I doubt it. He said himself his family is settled in New York and he loves being here. He also said after his father passed, Chicago doesn’t offer much to his family.
@dfiregirl4 Brian McCann yay or nay?
— Carlos Fuentes (@Mr_CEE_LOW) October 3, 2013
Simple answer: Yay!
@dfiregirl4 do you think ownership is partly to blame for this disappointing season?
— TheSuperHeavyWeight (@superhvyweight) October 3, 2013
I have to say yes. In the offseason, they made no big moves, brought back older players and tried to fill plugs with players that they knew had a history of having injures. I would like to think they get most of the blame. The Yankees were putting out kids from Triple-A, so I wasn’t expecting the Yankees to get very far. They did go farther than I thought but still, it’s ownership’s responsibility to get the proper players for the team, and find a way to work around injuries, something they didn’t do well.