Can you pretend you are Yankees GM Brian Cashmanfor a second?
Ok not literally, but say you had his job and you were just named the new GM for the New York Yankees.
And your first order of business is deciding is deciding who gets to live another day in pinstripes, and who will get handed their walking papers.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Hal and Hank are putting the kibosh on the free spending ways of their dad so money is now an object.
- When picking remember that the added Wild Card has turned September into baseball’s version of March Madness; and the 2013 marks the first season that inter-league play will be year round so things will be even more crazy.
- The waiting game for decisions from Mariano Rivera, who ESPN’s Andrew Marchand reports that he does not know yet if he will return for a 19th season; same old song for Andy Pettitte but CBS Sports got word from President Randy Levine that he thinks the southpaw will return in 2013; and does Hiroki Kuroda want to end his career in his native to Japan or come back to the Bronx for one more go of it. These decisions impact how the GM moves forward.
- A-rod is NOT part of this poll because to the demise of Yankee Universe he is here to stay so get used to it already. Find me a slugging third baseman the Yankees can afford, while paying another team to play A-rod and than we’ll talk.
So, time to put on your GM hat as you have some tough decisions to make.