Today is the day that baseball players have been waiting for–no not Spring Training, that’s not for another 100 days. Today it’s all about the qualifying offers. The Yankees have until 5 p.m. to offer players a qualifying offer and this year there are 11 players who are candidates. Let’s break down the 11 players and who should get one.
Should he get one: The Yankees would have to offer Cano a qualifying offer.
Would he accept: If you are Robinson Cano’s agent, you wouldn’t be that dumb as to take the $14.1 Million. Cano is worth more than $14.1 Million (but he’s not worth $300 Million).
Should he get one: If it’s 2008, then sure. But it’s 2013, so no.
Should he get one: The Yankees are actually debating this one. Ultimately, I would give him the qualifying offer.
Would he accept: In Granderson’s best interest, he might want to take the qualifying offer in order to build his free agent value. However, his injuries weren’t caused by himself getting injured, it was just bad luck. He might turn down the offer to test the free agent market. Again, Granderson accepting the offer should he get one is debatable.
Should he get one: I’ll be frank here: I like Pronk. However, just because I like a person doesn’t mean they deserve to get a qualifying offer. Pronk’s baggage is too many injuries, so in the end I’ll have to say, sorry but no.
Should he get one: For most of the season, Kuroda was the Yankees best pitcher. However, Kuroda turns 39 in February and has shown that he falters down the stretch, which is exactly what he did in September. After much debate, I’d figure why not, let’s offer him one.
Would he accept: As I recall, Kuroda did say that he would only consider the Yankees. If they didn’t want him, he’d go back and finish his career in Japan. I think Kuroda would take it.
Should he get one: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Ten million times, yes. Because seriously, where are going to find a reliable lefty reliever in this market? He’s also done better than what people give him credit for.
Would he accept: He did say before the season ended that he wanted to stay a Yankee. No reason for him not to take the offer.
Should he get one: Hmm, a fly ball pitcher in Yankee Stadium with a 5.19 ERA for $14.1 Million? I’ll pass.
Should he get one: I like Overbay a lot, but he can’t hit left handed pitching to save his life. This is like one gigantic awkward breakup. Thanks but no thanks. I’ll miss you though.
Should he get one: Come on Andy, you know you want to come out of retirement. You did it once before and you could do it again. What’s that? No? All right then, enjoy retirement.
Should he get one: Mariano, please come back to Yankee Stadium. Could I possibly bribe you with a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies for you to return? No? You’ll pass too? All right then.
Should he get one: No. Youkilis hasn’t been help to the Yankees at all. He killed the Yankees when he was with Boston and was injured most of the year as a Yankee. Might as well go back to Boston if he’s going to torture the Yankees.