I know a lot of people will say this is pretty easy to do. The New York Yankees are arguably the best team in the American league and one of the best teams in baseball. They have a ton of talent but I think it is hard to go over a team like this. I am going to try my best and find a little different wrinkle then just yeah keep this guy and keep this guy. Lets see what I can come up with and I hope you will enjoy this and get some value out of it.
2B Robinson Cano is a pretty easy one to say keep. He is one of the best players in baseball, a rising star. He is so good and to think a few years ago they thought he was lazy and unmotivated. He is the best second baseman in baseball and quickly becoming a top ten player in the game today. You have to keep this guy around if your lucky enough to have him. He is going to be a top of the line player for many many years.
LF Brett Gardner is due to have a bounce back year. He does need to bat better then 259, he does have a high on base percentage though and is capable of stealing lots of bases. I would expect him to hit more in the 280 range and think he can steal around 50 bases with a 380+ on base percentage. I wouldn’t say he is one of the best left fielders but think he is a very valuable piece to keep around on your team, even if it is just a backup position.
CF Curtis Granderson had an MVP type season last year. Is he able to keep this up?? I would say you can’t predict the exact same numbers but I think he is. He has embraced New York and isn’t scared at all of it. He is an ambassador of the game and takes everything in stride. He had a lot of problems with lefties when he first came over to the Yankees a couple of years ago and has now seemed to solve that. If he hits lefties pretty good on a consistent basis then he will be in the upper echelon of players and is a keeper. I right now would bet on that being the case and keeping him around, I would expect him to have a great rest of his career and be a star player in New York for many more years.
SP Phil Hughes had a terrible year last year. It started off bad then he got hurt and he never seemed to find it again. I think he will have a bounce back year though. I look for him to be more of the pitcher he was in 2010 then in 2011. He won 18 games in 2010 and I think he can approach that number once again. The early signs from spring training are encouraging and I think you should keep him around on your team. If he has another tough year then it will be time to dump him. He is still a young player and I wouldn’t give up on him just yet.
DH Raul Ibanez is a veteran and his best days are behind him. He is noted as one of the best guys in the game by just about everyone you talk too. I think he fits in perfect in the Yankees clubhouse and will do well in New York. He is coming from Philadelphia which may be an even tougher place to play so that isn’t a problem. He had a tough year last year but still put up good power numbers, I expect him to do better this year especially on this team and in Yankee Stadium. It is perfect for a left handed power hitter. I think he is a guy that is worth keeping on your team, he is a perfect DH.
RP Dave Robertson was the best eighth inning guy last year. I like what he brings to the table. He does put too many men on base but they call him Houdini for a reason. He knows how to get out of jams and is a strike out pitcher which helps him. I know with bullpen guys sometimes they change from year to year. I think this guy is coming into his own though and will be a good reliever for a long time. He may even become the next closer of the Yankees. I wouldn’t let this guy go and especially not now. I know some may be worried about his foot. He just the other day tripped down the stairs in his house moving boxes. The Yankees were a little scared but the diagnosis came back with just a bone bruise. I am sure they will be cautious with him but I don’t expect him to miss much time and I think he will be ready to go for the season.
SP Michael Pineda is a huge guy. He burst onto the scene last year with the Seattle Mariners. He is a fastball slider guy and working on a changeup now. He struggled in the second half last year and a lot of people questioned that. Was it fatigue, did the league catch up to him etc. I think he will be great with the Yankees and win a lot of ballgames. I think he will learn a lot from guys such as CC Sabathia and Freddy Garcia. I wouldn’t let this guy go, if he develops his changeup he is a number one type pitcher and can be for years to come. He is just coming into his second year in the league and should also know the hitters better.
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