Yesterday, I profiled the Yankees’ success (luck?) in their “scrap heap” pick ups and how they’ve performed. Now I’d like to talk about the future of four of them, and get your take on what the Yankees will do with them.
We’ll start with Eric Chavez. I like Chavez, but I don’t see him in a Yankee uniform in 2012. I’m willing to bet that if he shows he can stay healthy for the rest of 2011, someone–maybe not a contender–but someone will give him at least a shot at a full time job.
Next, we’ve got the dynamic duo of Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. If both can stay healthy and effective for the remainder of 2011, both will be worth looks. The pitching market is going to be pretty bare after CC Sabathia and C.J. Wilson, so anything the Yankees can find for cheap could be valuable. The question will be then, whether or not the Yankees are willing to roll the dice on either one of them again. I think we can safely say that they won’t roll the dice on both of them again so which one should it be? As friend of the blog Jamal Granger put it, you pull a Joker on them: Offer them the same deal with a relatively low base ($2-2.5M?) with some IP incentives. Whoever takes it first wins.
The question of Russell Martin is the most difficult and like all things catching related in the Yankee world, this revolves around Jesus Montero. If the Yankees feel Jesus Montero can catch ever day, I’m certain that he will be catching with Martin backing him up. If they don’t, and Montero is mostly DHing, Martin will again be the starter. The advantage Martin has, of course, is that he’s still under team control next year. While we may question if Chavez, Colon, and Garcia are with the team next year, the query in regards to Martin is that of his role.
So, whom would you guys keep of Colon/Garcia? How would you handle the catching situation?
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