A quiet January? Not buying it

Now that we’ve all made it to the other side and sufficiently recovered from the last hours of 2009, it’s time to think a little bit about what awaits us immediately here in 2010. I don’t expect much Yankees news until at least Monday, which means this will probably be a quiet weekend as team executives around the league relax and take a quick breather for the most part.

But while Brian Cashman has sent a message that the Yankees did most of their heavy lifting in November and December, leaving only small parts to be acquired leading into Spring Training, that almost seems a little too easy. Sure, the Yankees did plenty. Curtis Granderson, Javier Vazquez, Nick Johnson, Boone Logan … we don’t need to go over all the deals again.

They’ve been busy making themselves younger and a little more payroll-flexible in advance of defending the title beginning Feb. 17, when pitchers and catchers report to George M. Steinbrenner Field. But I’d be careful to think that these Yankees are a finished product, particularly in the case of left field, where I’m not sold that Brett Gardner is really going to be their guy.

In the case of Gardner and Jamie Hoffmann — they could live with it, but there may be a player or two out there that could step in and be a good fit (Reed Johnson sticks out as one of the reported names that makes sense). But then again, if you’ve made it to January 2nd and the biggest ‘problem’ is picking up a left fielder who upgrades over your Opening Day centerfielder in the previous year, that’s not the worst situation to be in.

The point is, the flurry of activity after Jan. 1 last year serves as a warning to not go into cruise control until Tampa. Leading into last spring’s report date, they introduced Mark Teixeira, moved their offices to the new Stadium, weathered the fallout of Joe Torre’s book, reached agreement with Andy Pettitte, were stunned by the A-Rod steroids revelations and resigned themselves to the reality that it would be no ‘Camp Quiet’ in 2009.

When it comes down to it … it’s the Yankees. There’s always something going on. Something tells me 2010 will be no different. 

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I’m willing to bet that Holliday will do statistically better than Crawford in 2010…so if the Yankees get Crawford next year and they pay about the same amount as the Cardinals paid for Holliaday then it might beg the question as to why the Yankees waited to get Crawford…even though Crawford will be younger in his free agent year than Holliday is now…isn’t speed usually the first of player tools to go and isn’t that Crawfords primary asset…? can”t judge a contract on one year…but i wonder if Crawford is better than Holliday i don’t believe so…bids for Crawford might get a little high with so much money comming off the Detroit Tigers books next season and the Angels might also get in the mix in 2011…and the same might go for Mauer with a sizable chunk of money comming off Boston books…or will they just resign Victor Martinez…not to jump ahead to next year…but if Mauer is out there next year with Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford…and the Yankees sign all 3 of them or just 2 of the 3…won’t the Yankee pay roll exceed 225 million…if they set a budget of 205 or even 210 mill…then it seems the Yankee are only signing one free agent especially if they give raises to Jeter and Mo…these salaries are getting scary…i hope the Cashman can figure something out…

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Well i can see why the Yankees didn’t get Holliday…after i saw Bay get 4 years 66mill…i just knew that Holliday was going to be cheap…16.5 to 18 mill a year for 5 with maybe an option for 6 years…but instead he got 7 years 120…i don’t know how Scott Borassss does it but teams keep bidding against themselves…did anyone hear about any other serious bidders for Holliday besides the Cardinals…if not then why not just him a 5 year contract with a 6th year team option at 17 mill…but it shore would have been nice to see him in yankee pinstripes…

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The Yankees need a left fielder. I think they should wait until crawford and lee become free agents next year and get both of them and Joe Mauer is a free agent as well and pujols, fielder and a-gonz are free agents next year

Vig
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I hate Nick Johnson, trade him, resign Damon and Nady!
Jeter (R)
Damon (L)
Texeira (S)
A-Rod (R)
Posada (S)
Cano (L)
Nady (R)
Swisher (S)
Granderson (L)
R U kidding me? Fugetaboutit!!!

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I hate Nick Johnson, trade him, resign Damon and Nady.
Jeter (R)
Damon (L)
Texeira (S)
ARod (R)
Posada (S)
Granderson (L)
Nady (R)
Cano (L)
Swisher (S)
R U Kidding me? Fagettaboutit!!!

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well Boston got Beltre…so now what will the Yankees do about LF…go with Gardner…or sign a cheap free agent…or something else…they Yankees look real serious about not picking up a big free agent…i wonder if they are not spending this year because they are going to spend big next year…things that make say Hmmmm….i hope so…but i do think Holliday is better than Crawford if that is someone they plan on pursuing…some say they think Holliday is a National league hitter but i think…Holliday didn’t do as well in the American league because of the weak Oakland A’s line up and their expansive foul territory…i think he hit better when he went back the Natinal league because on the Cardinals he was in a better line up in better park dementions…if that is true then Holliday would have served the Yankees needs perfectly…A Leftfielder who could bat 5th…and i believe he is better than any option the Yankees curently have for that spot…Posada Cano Granderson…but the Yankee line up does look good as is…but will the Yankee rotation and line up vs. the Red Sox rotation and line up be enough head to head in the playoffs…we’ll see…i can wait for the season to start…

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“mickeyogi” – I agree with you. I like Gardner. I think him and Damon are very similar players. I’m not sure if Gardner will develop the power that Damon has, but only time will tell. if he ends up being a line to line slap hitter that can get on base and steel a few bags every now and then; that would be good too. if he can get on base regularly, I think he has the potential to steal as many bags as Carl Crawford or Chone Figgins. he’d be a real spark plug batting 9th as a double lead off guy. he just needs to get on base. but I do agree. I think they need to give this guy a shot

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I see Brett Gardner as Johnny Damon 11 years ago with an arm. JD was a slap it around, pesky type hitter who created havoc on the bases when he first came up. He added power as he got older. Gardner will add power later. I think the Yanks are more than ready to go with Gardner unless JD takes their offer, which he may yet do. The only way to beat Boras is to wait him out. Besides Cashman, am I the only person who feels real good about Gardner?

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Fan Confidence Poll: January 4th, 2010
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2010/01/fan-confidence-poll-january-4th-2010-21925/

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If the Yanks won’t go after Damon, they will have NO interest in Dye, who is just two months younger and whose defense has dropped. Not only that, Dye has played 1671 games in RF but only 27 games in LF. Considering the dimensions of Yankee Stadium, this is a significant difference. Ideally, you would want a CF (or someone who can play CF) in LF given the 399 to LCF at the Stadium. Think of Damon (a former CF) in 2009. Think of Chad Curtis, a former CF in 1999. No way do the Yanks go after Dye, and no…they won’t even think about Pedrol.

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