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.