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Yankees 2011 Offseason Heating Up

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With the drama surrounding the signing of Derek Jeter behind them, and the recent moves by their rivals from  Boston, the New York Yankees need to make moves and they need to make them fast.  As the article says, Cliff Lee is the number one priority.  The Boston Red Sox attempt at buying a championship needs to push the Yankees hand to match.  The Yankees, notorious for landing big name free agents, need to pursue Cliff Lee to keep pace.  A starting rotation with Lee and CC Sabathia at the top will be one of the most formidable in the league.  Add in Phil Hughes and possibly Andy Pettitte, and the Yankees are starting to look like a World Series team.

Unfortunately, signing Cliff Lee is not a guarantee, and the Yankees may need to look elsewhere to fill a void in their rotation.  One option is Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals.  The Royals are shopping Greinke, and the Yankees have never hesitated in the past on a trade that sacrifices the future to help now.  A wild card in this free agent process could be Brandon Webb, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Despite being sidelined by injuries for the better part of the last two years, Webb won 22 games in 2008, and if he could replicate that form once again, he could be an enormous steal.

Outside of starting pitching, the Yankees have one other pressing concern and this is relief pitching.  The Yankees locked up the best closer in baseball history in Marisno Rivera for 2 years, but after him, the bullpen is full of plenty of question marks, and little proven talent.  Righty Joba Chamberlain and Lefty Damaso Marte appear to be the leading candidates for the 8th inning role, with David Robertson and Boone Logan looking to work the 6th and 7th.  Bot honestly, there is no team in baseball afraid of that.  Its a huge benefit having Rivera in the 9th inning, but what good is it if you can’t get there?  With proven veterans Kerry Wood, Rafael Soriano, Dan Wheeler and Octavio Dotel available, the Yankees need to make a move or two to solidify the bullpen.

My recommendations to you, Brian Cashman, is to sign Cliff Lee at all costs.  Money has never been a problem with the Yankees, so a big deal is nothing.  Secondly, I would try to resign Andy Pettitte.  Pettitte was having a Cy Young caliber season before injury last year, but he is currently mulling retirement.  His return would be a huge bonus to the Yankees staff.  Thirdly, I would bring back Kerry Wood, as he thrived in the 8th inning role last season in New York.  Wood would bring the bullpen to respectable, and complete a formidable roster.

http://larrybrownsports.com/baseball/yankees-must-respond-to-red-sox-by-signing-cliff-lee/42919

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Written by ZDooley

December 15, 2010 at 3:44 am

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