The New York Yankees made a three qualifying offers this past week to Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Hiroki Kuroda. This means each of their free agents were offered a one-year, $14.1 million deal for 2014 seasonbut it also guarantees if any of the three sign elsewhere the Yankees a receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second round from the player’s new team.
Curtis Granderson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
With the Yankees missing the 2013 MLB postseason for just the second time in 19 seasons, the need to get back to October is immeasurable. And now with sportsbook odds suggesting that the Yankees are not one of the top favorites to win in 2014, inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner has to give GM Brian Cashman much leeway to field a World Series caliber team in2014.
I can guarantee you that Cano will definitely reject the offer, as he is the most coveted free agent on the market and will get a monster deal; hopefully one that will keep him in the Bronx.
As for Kuroda, he might retire from MLB to go home and finish his career in his native Japan. Otherwise if Kuroda wants to pitch one more season in MLB and wear the pinstripes, he would be stupid not to accept this offer.
The Yankees paid Kuroda $15 million last season, and even though he was on CY Young pace over the first half of 2013, his age started to show in the second half. Kuroda will turn 39-years old this February, and there is no way he will get more than $14.1 million for the 2014 season. No doubt Kuroda would get multiple offers, but it would be more around $10-$13 million range. So unless he wants to wear another uniform, Kuroda should ink this qualifying offer. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Granderson, Cano and Kuroda who should take the qualifying offer’ »
Jeter connects for a hit against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jeter had a $9.5 million player option for next season already in his current contract, and considering he played in 17-games in 2013 due to a recurring injury to his surgically repaired ankle, the $2.5 million raise must be incentive for something.
The rumor that this new deal lowers money counted toward the luxury tax is a farce, as Jeter’s new deal adds to payroll because of how it is calculated.
Rumor is the inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner actually mandated the deal himself with the 39-year old shortstop, which is out of the ordinary for him.
Contemplating Hal’s penny-pinching approach to his father’s Yankees made me curious about why he would hand a player a raise with so much risk.
The easiest argument is that it is Derek Jeter, a walking baseball icon that any team would be ecstatic to wear their uniform.
But this is the Hal who skimped on a starting catcher last off-season.
The same guy who sent GM Brian Cashman to the 2013 Winter Meetings with zero authority to do anything, which resulted in veteran and proven bench guys Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez to sign elsewhere.
Baseball’s Hot Stove is officially about to start, and with all the question marks the New York Yankees will be headlining the show this off-season.
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After having to endure the Boston Red Sox winning the 2013 World Series, Yankee fans are anticipating that inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner will be filling all the team’s holes with legit and costly players instead of other team’s castaways.
The day after the World Series ended, 11 Yankees filed for free agency so technically they are no longer on the team.