Because I know my audience, I tried to find the most distant and least exciting World Series championship picture available. The one above is the best — worst? — I could do.
So, the Red Sox have won the World Series. It’s their third one in the past 10 years. With that done, it’s time to move on.
Welcome to the real offseason, with the post-Series schedule finally in place. Here are a few of the things happening in the next few days.
Eligible players become free agents
For the Yankees, that means a 13 players who were on the 40-man: Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, Boone Logan, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Robinson Cano, Lyle Overbay, Mark Reynolds, Brendan Ryan, Kevin Youkilis, Curtis Granderson and Travis Hafner. Of those 13, we already know Rivera and Pettitte will certainly not be back.
Last day to make qualifying offers (and players have to come off the 60-day DL)
In the short term, the disabled list thing doesn’t matter much because the Yankees are going to open more than enough roster spots when guys become free agents. As for qualifying offers, the Yankees seem likely to give them to Cano, Granderson and Kuroda. When the season started, it seemed possible Hughes could get one. That now seems extremely unlikely.
Free agents may sign with any team
The exclusive negotiating window closes six days after the World Series, which means the Yankees have less than a week before every other team gets to take a shot at Cano. I suppose there’s a chance negotiations could take off in the next few days, but it seems far more likely that Cano will ultimately test the open market before signing anywhere. Not sure the Yankees have another free agent who they might go after aggressively these next few days.
Next Monday (Nov. 11)
Last day for players to accept qualifying offers
Cano’s not going to accept, we already know that. And it doesn’t seem likely Kuroda will accept, because he probably won’t have much trouble getting a one-year, $14-million deal on the open market. The interesting one is Granderson, who could try to reset his free agent value with this sort of substantial one-year deal. My guess is that Granderson will decline, but there’s at least a chance he’ll accept.
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