Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Yankees Strategy This Offseason Has Been Simple

The New York Yankees strategy towards players to decline their teams qualifying offers have been simple this offseason, sign them all. Looking at the 13 players to receive a qualifying offer four of them are currently members of the New York Yankees, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Hiroki Kuroda, and Carlos Beltran.

The remaining players to have draft pick compensation attached to their free agent deals, besides our own qualifying offers, are Nelson Cruz, Shin Soo Choo, Stephen Drew, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kendrys Morales, and Ervin Santana. Mike Napoli had a qualifying offer but he re-signed with the Boston Red Sox on the same night that the Yankees signed Beltran. Two other qualifying offers were made to Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano which will fetch the Yankees two draft picks in the supplemental round to play with a little.

The Yankees are presumably out on Cruz, Choo, and Morales because of the crowded outfield but what about Drew, Jimenez and Santana? Could we sign one or two of these guys? Absolutely!

The Yankees need pitching and their pitching plan was highly dependent on Masahiro Tanaka being posted, and being posted by now, and could lead them to jump in and grab a Santana or Jimenez. We could also get Matt Garza who is not linked to a qualifying offer since he was traded to the Texas Rangers from the Chicago Cubs mid-season if we like his AL East tested right arm.

Stephen Drew could also be a target for the Yankees if he is willing to play either third base or second base. The Yankees have two glaring holes there with the hole left from Robinson Cano heading to Seattle and the assumed suspension for Alex Rodriguez. He went to Boston last year over a larger deal from the Yankees because of the lack of playing time but this year, given a position change, he would not have that problem anymore. Also sticking it to the Boston Red Sox and giving up either a second round pick or a fourth round pick depending on where you read just makes it all the more sweeter.

So the offseason plan has been simple, Get Greedy Get Everybody, and I love it.


  1. Get Greedy! Get Manny!...err...I mean Get Kemp!

  2. Damn Daniel...
    You sure live up to your blogs name, don't you?
    I like that!

    1. The idea and the mindset came about three years before the blog came with the aforementioned "Get Greedy Get Manny" campaign of 2009. I like it too!


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