Analyzing the trades that occurred before the MLB Trade Deadline

By: Jon

Although the trade deadline did not experience any major trades, a few minor trades may significantly impact the MLB playoff push. As usual, there were a lot of rumors that did not transform into actual trades. A lot of players were not available because a lot of teams feel that they are in the Wild Card Race. Since the TV contracts have added a lot of money to the game, smaller market teams can pay their players instead of trading them to large market teams like the Yankees or Dodgers.

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

Acquired: Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger

Grade: C+

The Orioles desperately needed pitching and they believed that Scott Feldman would solve some of their pitching problems. However, Feldman has not been good during his time with the Orioles. Scott Feldman has struggled over his last 9 starts, five with the Orioles. The Orioles did not need Scott Feldman because they already have average pitchers. Although Feldman was pitching like an ace during the beginning of the season, he was struggling even before he came to the Orioles, which should have warned the Orioles front office.

Scott Feldman
Scott Feldman

Chicago Cubs

Acquired: Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and money

Grade: B+

The Cubs did a nice job trading away Scott Feldman at his highest value. Scott Feldman has risen o.6 points in just 5 starts before he was traded to the Orioles. The Cubs were able to reel in a nice catch. Jake Arrieta is a young, talented player who needed a change of scenery to succeed in the majors. In his first start with the Cubs, Arrieta pitched six strong innings while only giving up one run. Arrieta is under control for a few years, which is great for a team that wants to rebuild and keep their payroll low. The Cubs acquired Pedro Strop and some international money which will help them rebuild and succeed in the future.

Jake Arrieta
Jake Arrieta

 

 

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

Acquired: Ricky Nolasco

Grade: A

If this was a different team, the Dodgers would have been forced to deal a lot more prospects and the grade would have been lower. Although the Dodgers had a lot of pitching at the beginning of the season, their pitching staff was decimated by injuries. The Dodgers needed a pitcher if they wanted to make the playoffs and the World Series. During his four starts, Nolasco has a 3.13 ERA, which is good enough for a fourth starter. The Dodgers only had to eat about $6 million for his services, which is nothing for the Dodgers.

Ricky Nolasco
Ricky Nolasco

Miami Marlins

Acquired: Josh Wall, Steven Ames, and Angel Sanchez

Grade: C-

The only thing that the Marlins received from this trade was some payroll relief. The Marlins received three players, but none of them are considered as top or mid level prospects. If the Marlins waited until the break, they could have received a greater return, like Bud Norris. If Jeff Loria was not extremely cheap, they could have gained a top prospect or a few mid level prospects.

Josh Wall
Josh Wall

 

 

 

Texas Rangers

Acquired: Matt Garza

Grade: A-

The Rangers needed to add another star player if they were going to make the playoffs and make a run to the World Series.  Matt Garza is a top of the rotation pitcher, who can alter the playoff race. Although Garza is usually hurt, Garza has been great since coming off of the DL.  Garza is 7-1 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.88 ERA with the Rangers. The Rangers were able to obtain Garza without giving up a player, who was in their future. If the Rangers can re-sign Matt Garza this offseason the grade will be bumped to a A+.

Matt Garza
Matt Garza

Chicago Cubs

Acquired: Justin Grimm, Mike Olt, CJ Edwards, and a future player

Grade: A

Although the Cubs traded their best pitcher and a top of the rotation pitcher, they were able to acquire more young talent which will help them in the future. Mike Olt is a top prospect and will have a role with the Cubs, unlike the Rangers. Olt is a really good hitter and will provide a solid middle of the order bat to Cubs in the future. CJ Edwards looks like a future top of the rotation pitcher for the Cubs, although he is only in A ball. This year, Edwards has a 1.83 ERA, 8 wins, and 122 strikeouts in 93 innings. Grimm can be a solid bullpen arm and the future player may be a good player in the future. The Cubs added to their already stacked farm system.

Mike Olt
Mike Olt

 

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

Acquired: Francisco Rodriguez

Grade: B+

Although Rodriguez was successful with the Brewers, they were not playing with a lot of pressure because they are one of the worst teams in baseball. However, the Orioles were able to obtain Rodriguez for a player who’s future was blocked by Manny Machado. Francisco Rodriguez was relegated to the eighth inning role, which has proven to be disastrous. Francisco Rodriguez has not been successful with the Orioles, 6 ERA.

Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez

Milwaukee Brewers

Acquired: Nick Delmonico

Grade: A-

The Brewers’ farm system is extremely thin so any added talent will significantly help. According to Baseball America, Delmonico was the fourth best player in the Orioles organization. The Brewers will need a future replacement for Aramis Ramirez and Nick Delmonico could be the answer to that problem. The Brewers had no use for a top closer because they rarely have a lead. The Brewers were able to net a great return especially compared to the return that the Angels received for their relief pitching. The Brewers need to look toward the  future.

Nick Delmonico Courtesy of BR
Nick Delmonico
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Detroit Tigers

Acquired: Jose Veras

Grade: A-

Jose Veras has had a solid season for the Houston Astros this season, which allowed them to sell him at a high price. The Tigers have had a need for relief pitching for a long time. Since Veras is not a true closer, he will be able to adapt to the setup man position. Veras has an ERA under 3.00 while maintaining a WHIP under 1. This was a great pick up for the Tigers because their bullpen is their achilles. The Tigers have a chance of winning the World Series and their bullpen should not get in the way of their desires.

Jose Veras
Jose Veras

Houston Astros

Acquired: Danry Vasquez and a future player

Grade: A-

The Astros had no need for Jose Veras because they are rarely win and have save opportunities. Houston was able to find a team that was desperate and made a great deal. Danry Vasquez was rated as the 6th best player in the Tigers farm system. Vasquez is extremely raw because he is only 19 years old, but has a lot of talent. The Astros need to rebuild their farm system if they want to make the playoffs in the future. Danry is a solid player, who will help rebuild the Astros farm system.

Danry Vasquez Courtesy of BR
Danry Vasquez
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Atlanta Braves

Acquired: Scott Downs

Grade: A

The Braves needed a left handed reliever if they were going to reach their goals of reaching the playoffs and winning a few series. The Braves already lost two left handed relievers this season so they were desperate. However, they did not pay like they were desperate. As seen over the years, relief pitching is vital if a team wants to win a World Series because the game shortens and relief pitchers are vital.

Scott Downs
Scott Downs

Anaheim Angels

Acquired: Cory Rasmus

Grade: F

While other teams were acquiring future talent, the Angels did not get much of anything for a quality reliever. The Angels basically gave away a Scott Downs for nothing, when they could have acquired a prospect that will help them in the future. The Angels farm system is depleted and the Angels do not even have  a good team at the major league level. The Angels should be angry with the traded they completed with the Braves.

Cory Rasmus
Cory Rasmus

 

 

 

Boston Red Sox

Acquired: Jake Peavy and Brayan Villareal

Grade: A

The Red Sox needed to acquire a pitcher if they are going to reach the playoffs. The Red Sox batting lineup is deep and potent. However, the Red Sox’s pitching has been bad as of late and they needed help. The Red Sox do not know when Clay Buchholz will return from injury or if he will stay healthy for the rest of the season. Jake Peavy is a true gamer who will find a way to go 7 strong innings while limiting the opposing offense. Even though he is not a Cy Young pitcher, he will improve the Red Sox chance of making the playoffs, especially with the resurgence of the Rays and the skill of the Orioles. Brayan will be a quality relief pitcher for the Red Sox. Any marginal improvement will help the Red Sox playoff push.

Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy

Chicago White Sox

Acquired: Avisail Garcia, Cleuluis Rondon, Francellis Montas, and JB Wendelken

Grade: A-

The White Sox needed to trade Jake Peavy because they are heading into full rebuilding mode. Unless they can drastically improve their team in the next year through free agency or trades, the White Sox look like they will become the Astros. The White Sox got decent value for Jake Peavy. Avisail Garcia looks like he can become a solid outfield for the White Sox over the next decade. During his time at Triple-A, Garcia hit .382 with five homers and 7 doubles. Red Sox gave three players to the White Sox including two decent prospects. Cleuluis Rondon is a young 19 year old hitter who has a chance to become a decent MLB player. Wendelken is a decent pitcher as well.

Avisail Garcia
Avisail Garcia

Detroit Tigers

Acquired: Jose Iglesias

Grade: B+

The Tigers are desperate for a shortstop because of the looming Biogenesis suspensions. The Tigers’ shortstop Jhonny Peralta is currently on the list of players that will probably be suspended for the rest of the season. Since the Tigers are meant to win now, they could not go into the playoffs without a real shortstop. Although Jose is not a good hitter like Peralta, Iglesias is a great defensive shortstop. The Tigers are able to have an offense liability because they have the greatest offensive player in the game and a lot of other solid players. However, the Tigers were forced to give up a talented outfielder. The Tigers can blame this trade on Jhonny Peralta because he forced them to make this trade.

Jose Iglesias
Jose Iglesias

 

 

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Acquired: Joe Thatcher, Matt Stites, and Comp B

Grade: B+

Ian Kennedy was a lost cause with the Diamondbacks. After his breakout year, Kennedy has been awful over the last year and a half for the Diamondbacks. However, the Diamondbacks do not have a lot of need for Kennedy because they have a lot of starting pitchers at the major and minor league levels. The Diamondbacks are in the playoff push and need help in their bullpen. The Diamondbacks have blown a few saves. The addition of Joe Thatcher will significantly improve their bullpen and chance of becoming a playoff team. Matt Stites is also a minor league relief pitcher who has had a great year. The Diamondbacks made a great deal because they improved their weakness while only giving up an extra asset.

Joe Thatcher
Joe Thatcher

San Diego Padres

Acquired: Ian Kennedy

Grade: C+

The Padres could have received a good prospect for Joe Thatcher. However, they traded the talented relief pitcher for Ian Kennedy. Although Ian Kennedy has some talent, he has failed too often to be relied upon by the Padres. Ian Kennedy relies totally on location because he does not have good stuff. Although Petco Park is a pitcher’s dream, Kennedy is not a good pitcher. The Padres should not expect much from Kennedy because he is extremely inconsistent.

Ian Kennedy
Ian Kennedy

 

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

Acquired: Bud Norris

Grade: B

The Orioles need a number one or two starter, but Bud Norris did not help the Orioles in that way. Although Bud Norris is a nice pitcher, he is at best a number four starter for a contender in the AL East. Bud Norris barely has an ERA under four and the Orioles gave up a two solid prospects for him. However, the Orioles are a win now team and desperate for a pitcher. Since Jason Hammel went on the DL, the Orioles needed a pitcher who could fill in for him and be better than him. The Orioles are in a tight playoff race and need as many wins as possible. Bud is under contract for a few years. The Orioles should have made a trade for Jake Peavey since they probably could have traded for him.

Bud Norris
Bud Norris

Houston Astros

Acquired: LJ Hoes and Josh Hader

Grade: A

The Astros are need of talent and this trade gives them two talented players. LJ Hoes is a major league ready talent and could be the starting outfielder for a few years. Although Hoes is not a great talent, he can be a quality third or fourth for the Astros in the future. Although Hoes can immediately play at the major league level, Josh Hader is a better prospect. Josh Hader is a 19 year old left handed pitcher with a lot of talent. Hader has dominated the lower levels of the minor league. Hader has pitched 113 innings and struck out 127 batters while compiling a 2.45 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. The Astros goal is to obtain more high ceiling talent and this trade helps them in pursuit of their goal.

LJ Hoes
LJ Hoes

 

 

 

 

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Analyzing and grading the Brandon Jennings trade

By: Jon

 

Detroit Pistons

Acquired: Brandon Jennings

Gave: Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton, and Viachesla Kravtsov

Grade: B-

 

Brandon Jennings
Brandon Jennings

Before the Pistons acquired Brandon Jennings, Detroit spent a lot of money in their pursuit to become a playoff team in the East. Although many experts and fans felt that the Pistons were a playoff team before the Jennings trade, Brandon Jennings will solidify the Pistons’ chances of reaching the playoffs this offseason. The Pistons will boast one of the best starting rotations in the East, Drummound, Monroe, Smith, Caldwell-Pope, and Jennings. However, there will be a lot of questions that must be answered during the season. Although the players are individually great players, it is unlikely that they will mesh together and fit well together as a team. The Pistons have two young and talented big men, who should be the future of the team. However, Jennings will not improve the growth of Drummound and Monroe because he is not a typical point guard. Jennings is a point guard who looks for his shot first instead of looking to set up his other teammates. Drummound and Monroe need a point guard who will feed them the ball and allow them to score and improve their games. Besides for not passing, Jennings shoots way too much for a point guard who shoots at such a low percentage. Jennings has a career shooting percentage that is under 40%, which is horrible for point guard. Although Jennings is a point guard and should be setting up his teammates to score, Jennings has averaged only 6 assists per game over his career, while averaging 2.5 turnovers per game. The Pistons should have attempted to re-sign Jose Caulderon because he is great at assisting teammates and improving the game of others. Although he does not have the star power or talent of a player like Jennings, he can turn players like Monroe, Drummound, and Smith into stars. Along with negatively affecting Drummound and Monroe, Jennings relentless shooting may “inspire” Smith to shoot more from the outside. Smith’s biggest weakness is his tendency to shoot from the outside, even though he is a horrible shooter. Jennings will not have the ability or respect to tell Smith to stop shooting from the outside because he is immature and not a leader. Although Jennings has improved the Pistons overall talent level, he may not be a good fit for the Pistons, which may make them unable to reach their full potential.

 

Milwaukee Bucks

Acquired: Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton, and Viachesla Kravtsov

Gave: Brandon Jennings

Grade: C+

Brandon Knight
Brandon Knight

The Milwaukee Bucks should not have traded Brandon Jennings if they could have signed him for $8 million a season. Unlike the Pistons, Brandon Jennings would have been the Bucks best player, while with the Pistons he will be complementary player. With the Bucks, he would be the best player so fans and experts would not be angry with him shooting the most on the team. Milwaukee needs more fans to come to the arena and this trade will not improve their ticket sales. Although he shoots too much, Jennings is an exciting player and fans would be willing to pay money to see him play in person. The Bucks could have been a playoff team in the East because the East is very weak. The Bucks would have had a solid starting rotation with Jennings, Mayo, Illyasova, and Sanders. The Bucks did not receive great compensation for Brandon Jennings. Although young and talented, Knight is a ‘tweener’. Although Brandon has a point guard’s body, he plays like a shooting guard because he is not a good passer and does not see the floor very well. Last year, Knight averaged 13.3 points and 4 assists. Even though Knight may improve his stats and skills, Knight will never be as good as Jennings. Khris Middleton will be an average back-up small forward in the league. Last season, Middleton averaged 6 points and 2 assists in 19 minutes of play. Kravtsov is a back-up center, but will not make a major impact. The Bucks will be mid to late lottery team, which is the worst position in the NBA because they likely will not make the playoffs and not receive a good prospect. The Bucks should not have traded Jennings because he provides a “wow” factor for fans and is a solid player if he is given the keys to the offense and can shoot as often as he wants to during a game.

 

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How Soriano and A-Rod can alter the Yankees salary for 2014

By: Jon

The players on the Yankees current roster have salaries that add up to over 250 million dollars. To put that number into perspective, the salary of the AL All-Stars only added up to 300,000 more dollars than the Yankees. However, the Yankees true payroll “only” adds up to $203 million. The Yankees will have a lot of options and decisions this offseason because of their desire to have their payroll under $189 million. Although it seems like a random number, it is the luxury tax number for Major League Baseball. The Yankees have been hit with the luxury tax for eleven consecutive seasons. The owner of the Yankees, Hal Steinbrenner, does not want to pay more luxury tax because the rate significantly rises this year. However, if the Yankees could keep their salary under $189 million, their tax rate would reset to 17.5% and the Yankees would save lots of money. If the Yankees maintain there current spending, they would pay 50%, which is about $25 million. The Yankees have 7 of the 25 highest paid players in baseball and 7 of the highest 12 in the AL.

However, the Yankees have a real chance of keeping their salary under the 189 marker if they are smart and dedicated. The Yankees have been planning a long time for this offseason because they have a strong desire to save money. Thus they will have a lot of free agents and options. Currently, the Yankees payroll is set for $86 million, but this is for a six players, Sabathia, Rodriguez, Teixeira, Wells, Soriano, and Suzuki. However, the Yankees will have to spend less than $103 million to stay under their desired limitation of $189 million. However, the Yankees will have many Arbitration Eligible players, but they will not greatly affect the Yankees aspirations.

Following moves that the Yankees should make this offseason:

1. Sign Robinson Cano.

Robinson Cano
Robinson Cano

The Yankees must re-sign Cano this offseason if they want anyone to come and watch them play this offseason. Cano is the Yankees best player and it is an absolute must that they re-sign him to a long term deal. Luckily for the Yankees, teams have realized troubles of signing a player to a deal longer than 8 years. The Yankees should attempt to sign him to a deal that is more money per year instead of a 9 or 10 year deal. The Red Sox deal with Dustin Pedroia will help the Yankees because he signed for under market value. Pedroia’s average deal is for $14 million per year. Cano is not twice as good as Pedroia so he will probably sign a deal for 6-7 years and $25 million per season.

Yankees Salary after Cano: $111

2. Have Jeter opt into his current deal or re-sign for a less money.

Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter

The Yankees captain will not be in great position to sign a big deal during the offseason. Although he is a good player, he is old and injury prone. Teams will not be willing to spend big bucks for a 39 year old shortstop, who has lost range and is not a power hitter. Derek knows that his best possibility to brand himself and succeed is in New York with the Yankees. Although Jeter may opt out of his current deal and re-sign with the Yankees, he will not get much more than the $8 million he would get if he opted in to his deal. If he opts out he will sign for 3 years 8-10 per season

Yankees salary after Jeter: $120

3. Re-sign Brett Gardner.

Brett Gardner
Brett Gardner

The Yankees will need to have more speed because their offense is not as good as previous years. Gardner is having a good season for the Yankees. He is a steady contributor, steals bases, and plays great defenses. Gardner should win the Gold Glove this season because he plays great defense and can cover lots of ground in center field. Since Gardner is arbitration eligible, he will not be an expensive option in the outfield. He will probably sign another one-year deal for $5 million.

Yankees salary after Gardner: $125

4. Re-sign David Robertson.

David Robertson
David Robertson

Robertson is in the same position as Gardner, last year of arbitration. Robertson has been one of the best set up men in the league over the last three seasons. David will take an even bigger role next season, when Mariano Rivera retires and the closer position is free. Although the Yankees will want to replace Rivera with an established closer, it will probably be too expensive. Robertson may be able to step in for Rivera. Also a set up man will be easier to sign than an established closer. He will probably sign another one-year deal for $6 million.

Yankees salary after Robertson: $131

5. Re-sign Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda.

Ivan Nova
Ivan Nova

The Yankees will be forced to put young starters in their starting rotation. Nova has been great as of late for the New York Yankees. Besides for Hiroki Kuroda, Nova has been the Yankees best starting pitcher over the last month. He will be extremely important next season because the Yankees will lose at least one pitcher and probably three. Along with Ivan, Pineda will be an important cog of the Yankees rotation next season. Like Nova, Pineda is young and talented. After having a great rookie season with the Mariners, Pineda has been hurt and spent time in the minors with the Yankees. He will finally have the opportunity to start this year for the Yankees. Luckily for the Yankees, Nova and Pineda will come cheaply, since they are in their first year of arbitration. Expect one million dollar deals for both of them.

Yankees salary after Nova and Pineda: $133

6. Re-sign Eduardo Nunez and David Phelps.

Eduardo Nunez
Eduardo Nunez

Nunez will be an important part of the 2014 New York Yankees because of their age and injuries. Nunez has the ability to plan all around the infield. The Yankees will need him to play short and third next season because Derek and Alex, if he is not suspended, cannot play more than a few days in a row in the field. Nunez has a solid bat and quick bat speed. He has good speed and is a good youthful addition to the New York Yankees. Nunez is not even arbitration eligible so his contract will probably be worth $500,000. However, he will be more important than his contract because he is versatile and a good player. Like Nunez, Phelps is not arbitration eligible. However, he will have an important part of the 2014 team. Phelps will either be the fifth starter or a long man in the bullpen. He is versatile and a solid pitcher when he is healthy. Phelps has been very good for the Yankees as a bullpen arm and an occasional starter. Excess pitching is always necessary in MLB because a lot of pitchers experience injuries.

Yankees salary after Nunez and Phelps: $134

7. Re-sign Curtis Granderson.

Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson

Granderson will be an interesting option this offseason. Since he spent most of his time on the DL this season, he will not be receiving the type of deal he would like to sign. The Yankees will most likely offer Granderson a qualifying offer of $13.8 million. If Granderson signs elsewhere, the Yankees will receive a first or second round pick from that team. However, Granderson will probably sign his tender so he can reach free agency again in a year and sign a more lucrative offer. Curtis has been a great teammate and hitter for the Yankees over the last few years, The extra year will enable Curtis to play more and improve his stock. Curtis will provide more power to the Yankees lineup, which they desperately need at this point. Although the Yankee outfield will seem to be crowded, Soriano will play a lot of DH so his bat is in the lineup.

Yankees salary after Granderson: $148

8. Re-sign Shawne Kelley and Boone Logan and call up Mark Montgomery.

Boone Logan
Boone Logan

The Yankees, as usual, have a solid bullpen. The Yankees have been known for their ability to build a strong bullpen. When the Yankees were at their best in the late 1990s, their bullpen was automatic. The Yankees bullpen will undergo a lot of changes this offseason because Rivera will retire and Joba, Preston Claiborne, and Adam Warren will not re-sign this offseason. The Yankees have found a solid relief pitcher in Shawne Kelley this season. Mark Montgomery has been a good relief pitcher for the Yankees in the minors over the last few years. He can have a major impact on the Yankees next season since they will probably be losing 4 right handed relievers. Since the Yankees acquired Logan from the Braves a few years ago, he has been their lefty specialist in the bullpen. Since Logan has not been great this offseason, the Yankees can sign him to a cheap long term deal.

Yankees salary after Kelley (.5), Logan (5), and Montgomery (.5): $154

9. Sign Joel Hanrahan and Scott Downs

Joel Hanrahan
Joel Hanrahan

The Yankees will be undergoing major renovations during the offseason because all of their bullpen arms will be free agents this season. With the departure of Mariano Rivera, the Yankees will have to find a new closer. Although the Yankees hope Robertson can become the closer, he did not succeed last season, when Rivera tore his ACL. The Yankees should sign Joel Hanrahan because he is a veteran arm and knows how to close games at the major league level. Although he has not pitched much this season because of injury, he was extremely successful in the closer role with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since he did not pitch a lot, he will be willing to sign a cheap contract to reinvent himself for the next offseason, $4 million. The Yankees should sign another lefty pitcher this offseason. Today, teams have a few lefty bullpen arms. Boone Logan is not the most consistent reliever so more depth and talent will help the team. Since Rivera is departing, the Yankees will have more money to spend on their bullpen. Downs would probably be willing to sign a deal for about $5 million.

Yankees salary after Downs and Hanrahan: $157

10. Re-sign Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart.

Francisco Cervelli
Francisco Cervelli

The Yankees will not be able to spend a lot of money on a luxury position, like catcher, if they are going to stay under their budget. Although Francisco may be under speculation because of the Tony Bosch situation, he will probably not heavily suspended. Chris Stewart and Austin Romine will be able to produce at a high enough level until Cervelli returns. Although the production will not be great next season, the Yankees are just waiting for their top prospect Gary Sanchez to be called up to the majors. By 2015, Sanchez should be able to produce for the New York Yankees. The Yankees can live with bad hitting, but solid defense. Both players should sign for about $500,000.

Yankees salary after Stewart and Cervelli: $159

11. Sign Mark Reynolds.

Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds

If Alex Rodriguez is not suspended next season, the Yankees will at least need a solid back-up, who can play a lot of games. The Yankees can return to the Bronx Bombers if they sign Mark Reynolds this offseason. Reynolds has great home run power, which will significantly improve the Yankees roster next season. Reynolds will also be able to back-up Mark Teixeira at first baseman if he needs an occasional day off. Reynolds would almost act as a starter because they will be able to play a lot. He will not be that expensive since he consistently has a low average and strikeouts frequently.

Yankees salary after Reynolds: $163

12. Sign Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter
Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter is one of the most clutch pitchers in baseball. Although he has been hurt over the last two seasons, Carpenter can still pitch, especially in the postseason. Carpenter has led the St. Louis Cardinals to two championships during his career. Since the Yankees want to win championship, he would be a perfect addition because he has a career 3.00 ERA in the postseason. The Yankees will be able to offer Carpenter a incentive laden deal because he has experienced a lot of injuries lately. Carpenter may be willing to leave the Cardinals because they have a deep starting rotation and may not want him anymore. The Yankees would also give Carpenter an opportunity to pitch for a championship. The Yankees should give Chris $5 million in guaranteed money and the possibility to make $11 million if he stays healthy.

Yankees salary after Carpenter- $174

13. Re-sign Kuroda OR sign Josh Johnson.

Hiroki Kuroda
Hiroki Kuroda

The Yankees will need two more starting pitchers this offseason. First, the Yankees should attempt to re-sign Kuroda because he has been great for them over the last two seasons. If they cannot re-sign Kuroda, the Yanks should go after Josh Johnson because he is a solid pitcher with a lot of talent. Kuroda will probably cost more than Johnson for the 2014 season because he will only sign a one year deal. More information later in the article.

Yankees salary after Kuroda- $189

Yankees salary after Johnson- $187

Yankees Roster – $187 or $189 million dollar team

Catcher – Stewart and Cervelli

Infield – Teixeira, Cano, Jeter, Rodriguez, Nunez, and Reynolds

Outfield – Granderson, Suzuki, Gardner, Wells, and Soriano

Starting Pitching – Sabathia, Carpenter, Nova, Pineda, and Johnson/Kuroda

Relief Pitching – Downs, Hanrahan, Kelley, Montgomery, Logan, Robertson, and Phelps

Now, the rest of the Yankees decision will be dependent on Alex Rodriguez. Currently, the Yankees are set to pay $27 million to Alex Rodriguez next season for his services. However, the Yankees would love to rid themselves of his contract so they could sign more productive players. Although the Yankees will not be able to void the whole contract, there may be a way that they can get rid of Rodriguez’s contract for the 2014 season. If MLB suspends Rodriguez for the 2014 season, the New York Yankees will be able to write off his salary. Thus the salary would not count against the payroll, which would be great for the New York Yankees. The Yankees will be given a lot more flexibility and options if A-Rod’s contract does not count against the payroll. Instead of the approximate $28 million, the Yankees would have $55 million more dollars to spend on free agents. The Yankees and their fans should hope that Alex is suspended for the rest of this season and especially next season. The following moves should occur if the MLB saves the Yankees and their fans.

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

14. Sign Matt Garza.

Matt Garza
Matt Garza

The Yankees will desperately need pitching next season. The Yankees will probably lose three starting pitchers. Matt Garza would be a great addition to the Yankees because he knows how to pitch in the AL East and has pitched in the post season. Garza is a great arm, but has injury concerns. Garza’s injuries may drop the price tag on Matt Garza this offseason. Since he was hurt over the last few seasons, he does not have the innings pitched like other pitchers. Garza is a solid two for the Yankees and will probably be paid as such during the offseason. Since CC has been ineffective this season and Nova and Pineda are inexperienced, the Yankees will desperately need a talented work horse. He will be an expensive piece this offseason. 5 years at 18 million per season. The Yankees may even be able to offer more money per season than the $18 million. The Yankees will only be able to sign him if A-Rod is suspended.

Without Rodriguez and with Garza – $153

15. Sign Michael Young.

Michael Young
Michael Young

Since Alex Rodriguez will be unable to play if he is suspended, the Yankees will need a player who can play third base. Michael Young is a competent starter and would be a great addition for the New York Yankees. Young is still batting .277 with 7 HR and 32 RBI. Young would sign a one year deal with the Yankees because it would give him a chance to play in the postseason. He would also be given the starting third base position, which some teams would not offer to Young. Young would probably not be too expensive for the Yankees since he is older and on the down side of his career. The Yankees could sign him for $6 million a season.

Without Rodriguez and With Young- $159

16. Sign Carlos Pena/Lyle Overbay rather than Mark Reynolds

Lyle Overbay
Lyle Overbay

The Yankees will need a left handed batter off of the bench instead of a right handed bat. The Yankees do not need another right handed bat off of the bench because they have a few bats from the outfield who are right handed and Eduardo Nunez is right handed. Pena can provide a lot of power off of the bench, which would be great for the team. Pena can also back up Mark Teixeira if he is hurt or needs a day off. Pena would be cheap because he has a lot of flaws. He would cost about 1 million compared to 5 million for Reynolds.

Without Rodriguez and with Pena/Overbay: $155

17. Desperately attempt to re-sign Kuroda OR Carpenter AND sign Josh Johnson.

Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson

If the Yankees sign Matt Garza, they will still be in need of one or two more starting pitchers, in order to be a quality, playoff baseball team. The Yankees desperately need to re-sign Hiroki Kuroda for the 2014 season. Similar to Andy Pettitte, he will be signing one year deals for the rest of his career. However, this could be the end for Kuroda, but it is not because of his performance. Over the past two seasons, Kuroda has been the Yankees most consistent and best pitcher. Although Kuroda does not blow away batters, he is extremely smart and does not allow runs to score, 2.51 ERA. He would be a great 2 or 3 for the Yankees during the 2014 season. He would probably sign another $15 million deal. Besides for Hiroki, the Yankees should attempt to sign Josh Johnson this offseason. If Kuroda signs this offseason, the Yankees will have three definite starting pitchers in the  rotation. The Yankees would love to have another solid starting pitcher in their rotation, instead of having Nova and Pineda in the starting rotation. If the Yankees sign another solid starting pitcher, Nova and Pineda will not have the pressure of succeeding. If Kuroda does not re-sign, the Yankees will desperately need another starting pitcher and Johnson can fill that need. Although he has not be great this season like other free agent pitchers, he has the most skill and talent. Johnson has improved since coming off of the DL. He would not demand a huge contract, like other pitchers, because he was on the DL this season and has not been great over the last few seasons. The Yankees can sign him for 4 years and $52 million or maybe a deal closer to Kuroda so he can rebound for the next season and score a huge deal like Garza.

Without Rodriguez and with Kuroda and Johnson – $183

Without Rodriguez and Kuroda and with Johnson and Carpenter – $180

If the Yankees are able to dump the A-Rod salary for the 2014 season, the team will be significantly better.

Yankees Roster – $180 or $183 million dollar team

Catcher – Stewart and Cervelli

Infield – Teixeira, Cano, Jeter, Young, Nunez, and Reynolds

Outfield – Granderson, Suzuki, Gardner, Wells, and Soriano

Starting Pitching – Sabathia, Garza, Carpenter/Kuroda, Nova/Pineda, and Johnson

Relief Pitching – Downs, Hanrahan, Kelley, Montgomery, Logan, Robertson, and Phelps

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