By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
Sometimes as writers we prognosticate things that end up panning out, other times our predictions are lit up bigger than a New York Dumpster Fire in the brunt of summer.
Alfonso Soriano Grand Slam 8/14/2013
In both instances, I had requested that not only would they be an upgrade over anybody from their farm, but that having the Cubs or Angels pick up the majority of the contract the following season, would be great for the 2014 Luxury Tax Threshold,
The Yankees picked up Wells first, and he had a stellar April. Despite the fact he couldn’t keep up the bat, I still think it was the right move.
In this piece, I also thought Soriano would be a more logical choice for what the Bronx Bombers needed.
Having said this, the Chicago did well in the package the acquired from Texas, while the player (Corey Black), they received from the Yankees may work out in the long run as a guy who can throw 95 MPH.
In July, I has asked for Brian Cashman to become a ‘Riverboat Gambler’ when the team was 4 games over .500 and on the verge of playing the Twins.
The team went on a nice winning streak before the ALL – Star Break, but it was due to a lack of viable competition.
I believe the club waited too long to finally pull the trigger on the Soriano deal, yet again, I fully love this move.
The Yankees should be thanking their lucky stars that not only will Alex Rodriguez be likely suspended for all of 2014 when the team is looking to dip under $189 MIL (saving his $27.5 MIL contract), but they also have him back in the lineup for the rest of this season.
Between Soriano’s brilliant start for the Yanks, coupled with Granderson back in the lineup, and A-Rod, that is 1/3rd of your lineup bringing some thunder to the table now.
All of a sudden, doors are opening up like no tomorrow for the team to compete in 2014.
With A-Rod’s deal coming off the books, the Yankees are in great shape. They will have a solid core of OF coming back with Suzuki in RF, Soriano in LF, and one more year out of Gardner.
The great thing about this for the club, is simply the payroll flexibility this will create.
Suzuki makes $6.5 MIL in 2014, then Soriano makes $5 MIL – and Gardner will probably make $5 – 7 MIL for the season based on his nice year this campaign.
Vernon Wells will be the 4th OF, and could also double for DH duties.
If Derek Jeter takes his Player Option of $8 MIL, (which he totally should for salary positioning), the club could have their Shortstop back. With A-Rod being suspended, maybe Jeter could move to 3rd.
The biggest ramification of the A-ROD suspension will result in the franchise being able to secure Robinson Cano. It is my firm belief that he was LA Dodger bound if not for this occurrence.
The Yankees can definitely sign Cano to a $25 – 30 MIL/YR contract that he will likely receive for a 6 – 8 Year deal.
Not only that, I would also offer Curtis Granderson the 1 Year/$15 MIL qualifying offer to retrieve a Draft Pick if he signs somewhere else.
#14 will turn it down, and the club can net another sandwich pick like they added 2 this year.
This would not be possible because of the financial risk entailed – if they were not going to see the relief from.
With the extra $ saved, the team could also try to attract Matt Garza long – term (AL East Proven Guy), for a multiple year contract, since Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda being in their potential last years with the club.
Ervin Santana and Tim Lincecum may be other Starting Pitchers I would look at. If you could get “The Freak” into Yankee Stadium for a decent price, you could try him as a Starter, but also could aid the Bullpen if that doesn’t translate well.
Santana might be another option as well. The team will need to add a couple of starters to the fold next year.
For the Catching position, the club should really offer a deal to A.J. Pierzynski. New York should go after him aggressively, because he is exactly who the team should have acquired for this years team.
The organization has options now based on the club receiving “The Biggest Get Out of Jail Free Card” of ALL – Time.
While everything looked bleak about 2 weeks ago, the fans have something to look forward too during the final 6 weeks of the season, and going forward for 2014.
No matter what happens after next year, once the Tax Threshold his reset, the fans will ask the ownership to do ‘business as usual,’ – otherwise they might make their presence felt at the turnstiles!
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