Every off season, we as fans make wish lists regarding the Yankees. We look at the possible moves and determine what we want to see happen over the Hot Stove Season. That list is pretty simple this year:
1. Cliff Lee
There are some things, however, that I don’t want to happen. Here’s that list and why:
1. Derek Jeter to be able to essentially name his own contract. Captain or no captain, team legend or journeyman, no player should be able to write the terms of his own deal; Jeter is no exception to this and the Yankees do need to take a stance that has, at the very least, something resembling a line in the sand. I tweeted earlier what I want out of the Jeter deal: I want it to be a two year deal, I’d still be comfortable with a three year deal, and could swallow a four year deal if the average annual value was low or if the contract was front loaded. Anything more than a four year deal is too risky and something from which the Yankees should walk away.
2. Nick Swisher to be traded. Those who want to trade Nick Swisher just baffle me. He’s been nothing but a great producer for the Yankees in his two seasons in New York and guess what? He’s pretty cheap. He only makes $9MM in 2011 and will likely outplay that amount in terms of $WAR. Jayson Werth is a fairly attractive replacement, but he’s 32, isn’t that big an upgrade over Swisher, and will definitely cost a lot more than $9MM. Obviously, Swisher isn’t untouchable, but it’s got to be a hell of a deal if he’s gonna go.
3. Jesus Montero to be traded. I’ve been over this ten times so I’ll keep this short: no matter his position, Montero will provide value to the Yankees. Unless it’s for an absolute stud starting pitcher in his early to mid 20′s, the Yankees shouldn’t be interested in trading Montero.
4. A full time DH. Yeah, I know. I’ve always argued against a rotating DH. But, with the plans the Yankees probably have for 2011, I don’t see a full time DH fitting in with the roster. Maybe they could go with someone until Jesus Montero comes up (to split time with Jorge Posada at C/DH), but I doubt that happens.
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