Five questions the Yankees need to answer this offseason

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Now that the GM meetings are over and baseball anticipates the Winter Meetings next month, it’s time to take a look at some of the questions the Yankees need to answer in order to piece together their team for the 2014 season.

1. Will Robinson Cano re-sign with the Yankees?: Robinson Cano is the Yankees main priority this offseason, doing whatever it takes to keep their prized second basemen. Although Cano could possibly sign anywhere, I say the Yankees have a good chance to re-sign him: Jay-Z (Cano’s agent) is a Yankees fan and Brian Cashman admitted to being a fan of Jay-Z.

2. Will Derek Jeter be healthy for 2014?: This is probably the second biggest priority for the Yankees. Can the Yankees really rely on Jeter to go back to his old form and play 162 games at shortstop–especially with the ankle injury limiting his 2013 season? I don’t expect Jeter to go back to his prime, but I do imagine Jeter will play a healthy amount at shortstop in 2014.

3. Will David Robertson close or not?: This has been one of the buzzing topics for the past week or so. Now that Mariano Rivera has retired, it’s been assumed that David Robertson will take the closer role. However, the Yankees are saying that they haven’t named a closer and it’s been pretty back and forth among Yankees fans (and the front office) if Robertson deserves to close or not. Personally I think he deserves a chance to close, but in the end that’s for the organization to decide.

4. Who will play Third Base in 2014?: Although the Yankees are planning their team as if Alex Rodriguez will be available to play third base, in reality no one is very certain if that would be the case. Rodriguez’s near future is pretty cloudy with the looming 211-game suspension and it doesn’t look like the Yankees will get a definitive answer anytime soon.

5. How will the starting rotation shape up?: The Yankees have three spots in their starting rotation vacant due to Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes becoming free agents and Andy Pettitte retiring. The only sure pieces of the rotation are CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova but both of them have had their bouts with inconsistency. The Yankees are going to need some rotation help this offseason whether it be via trade or free agency.

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8 Responses to Five questions the Yankees need to answer this offseason

  1. hotdog says:

    what is up with Michael Pineda…is he throwing again…do the Yankees see him as developing arm strength in the minors and hoping for a limited amount of innings in 2014…do they see him as a possible starter in 2014…i haven't heard anything about him in a while…and what about Manny Banuelos…what is the plan there if any…certainly he's not going to make the big league club but will he be ready for AA/AAA in the spring of 2014…and how about Vidal Nuno…is he considered a potential starter or do the Yankees see him as a reliever or trade bait…what I'd like to see is Betances continue to develop…better control in 2013 and he could become a solid reliever, even a closer…i used to like Graham Stoneburner but injuries hurt him…i'm looking forward to seeing our boys having a good 2014 and ready themselves for the majors…

    • mikefoxtrot says:

      Pineda figures to open the season in the rotation unless he gets hurt again or unless the Yankees bring back Kuroda, add an outside starter AND one of the other kids beat him out of the spot.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Michael Pineda is 100% healthy. He's going to compete for one of the three open spots in Spring Training.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    There is no way Jeter, at age 40 and coming off a lost season due to a broken ankle, should even be allowed in the conversation about SS. His range has been crap for years. Move him to 3B where range is not a concern and sign Ryan to play short.

    • mikefoxtrot says:

      I think that the Yankees will try to re-sign Ryan and I sure hope that Jeter spends some time at 3B, but unless his leg falls off, Jeter is going to be the opening day SS.

      if they can't get Tulowitzski, might be nice to try getting Peralta …. either one could play on the left side of the infield along with Jeter or Ryan

  3. mikefoxtrot says:

    1- yes

    2-healthy but limited

    3-yes

    5- Kuroda, Tanaka, Pineda for the other three spots

  4. Anne says:

    It would be great if they could resign Robinson Cano, he is one of my fav. players.

  5. hotdog says:

    looks like there's some holdup on Tanaka…thanks for the info on Pineda…