In talking to Brian Cashman about Bobby Abreu for the story I was working on, we got to chatting about all the decisions he’s going to have to make once the season is over. It’s quite a list:
Team option: Bobby Abreu ($16 million).
Player option: Alex Rodriguez (terminate contract), Andy Pettitte ($16 million).
Free agents: Doug Mientkiewicz, Jose Molina, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Luis Vizcaino.
In theory, you want to keep all of those guys. Certainly Abreu, A-Rod, Pettitte, Rivera and Posada. Do they have enough money to do all that? I think having so many young, inexpensive starters helps that cause. Plus Roger comes off the books and you’ll lose Giambi after 2008.
The Yankees figure to spend a lot of dough by Thanksgiving.
But as Cashman said several times, that’s all for later. For now they have games to focus on.