Here’s what I think will happen:
The Yankees will sign Andy Pettitte, trade for Mike Cameron, find a bench guy or two in January and there’s your team.
Let’s say Pettitte doesn’t want a pay cut and the Yankees can’t come to terms with the Brewers for Cameron. What then?
As of right now, they have approximately $180 million spent. About $172 million is committed to 15 players give or take what Brian Bruney, Chien-Ming Wang and Xavier Nady get. The other 10 spots will cost $6 million or so to fill.
Would the Yankees sign another free-agent starter or try and add a bat? Or just stand pat?
Forget about Mark Teixeira. It’s obvious he is going to get a long-term deal from the Angels, Orioles or Red Sox.
Manny Ramirez is a great name to talk about because the pros and cons are so dramatic. But if the Yankees are serious about getting younger, less expensive, better defensively and more team-oriented, how do you justify signing Manny?
Adam Dunn? Bring back Jason Giambi? Bobby Abreu for a year? There are still possibilities out there.
I think when it’s all said and done, it’ll be Pettitte and Cameron. But it’s not all said and done yet.