Great article, here, by Jon Heyman of CNN/SI on the 30 best moves in baseball this season. It’s a great list for debate and sparks my question: what are the most important moves by the Yankees this year? Maybe everyone could chime in with their top 5 and we’ll see if there’s general agreement with Heyman’s list and with the fanbase, in general. Heyman lists 4 Yankee moves among his top 30, putting them as one of the top teams, along with the Rockies and the Mariners.
Here are Jon’s picks:
4. Yankees sign Mark Teixeira for $180 million over eight years.
10. Yankees sign CC Sabathia for $161 million.
17. Yankees sign Andy Pettitte for $5.5 million plus incentives.
30. Yankees pick up Chad Gaudin off the waiver wire.
To make it more interesting, I’d like to open up the discussion to not only trades and player acquisition, but organizational decisions and decisions regarding player roles, like:
- Yankees move Phil Hughes to the bullpen, solidifying the 8th inning role.
- Yankees decide to rest A-Rod once per week in order to keep save wear and tear on his recovering hip.
- Yankees don’t DFA Melky Cabrera in the off-season as some thought they should.
- Yankees bring up Francisco Cervelli instead of acquiring a veteran stopgap catcher to fill in for the injured Posada and Molina.
- Yankees bring up David Robertson.
- Yankee trades for Eric Hinske and Jerry Hairston to solidify their bench.
- Yankees trade for Nick Swisher, a decision which particularly panned out in light of Nady’s immediate injury.
- Yankees sign AJ Burnett who, while inconsistent, provided innings, some big games, and a surprisingly effective clubhouse presence.
- Yankees count on bounceback years from key players rather than look for alternative players. The bounceback kids include: Matsui, Cano, Cabrera, Posada, Pettitte, Jeter (to some extent).
- Yankees go with youth in the pen over trades and free agents (Robertson, Coke, Aceves, Hughes, and Melancon all contributed).
I would list my top 5 moves as:
- Sabathia (ace who saved the pen)
- Teixeira (solidified a perennial weak spot and put forth MVP type numbers)
- Burnett (controversial, I know, but he gave us innings (so important) and loosened up a tight clubhouse).
What is your top 5 list? What moves would you add that I missed? Which do you think will wind up being the biggest moves if the Yanks are to win it all?
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