I agree, there’s going to be a point where the Yankees are going to need to chill out and leave some of these stars behind. The last two years, the free agent markets have been very tempting and full or players willing to play for the Yankees.
Last year it was the huge investments in Teixeira, Burnett and Sabathia. So far, they have certainly worked out, and look to have been all good signings.
If there is something the Yankees need to look at first this year, it’s starting pitching. A three man rotation in the playoffs was risky but worked out. But with Pettitte aging, the Yankees are looking at just two solid starters going into the 2010 regular season.
So who’s out there? Well, the best is Lackey. The Yanks faced up against him in the ALCS and he pitched great. The 31 year old has a 3.81 ERA in eight career seasons.
Then the down side. Lackey is yet another type A free agent, which means the Yankees would lose yet another draft pick to the Angels. If you remember this years draft, the Yankees didn’t get a pick until very late in the draft due to the signings of Sabathia, Burnett and Teixeira, all of which lost the Yankees first round picks.
But, then again, you play for now. You live in the moment. You play and sign players as if this season were your last. The Yankees are a championship team, the defending champions, and in no possible way a team in the rebuilding process. So, you go out there and make a team to repeat.
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