I read a quote once that said:
“It pays to plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”
It is no big secret that the New York Yankees brass goal is to get the current $209+ million payroll down to $189 million in order avoid the hefty luxury tax increases that MLB will be implementing in 2014.
This makes thinking ahead a must for the Yankees, as they already have $78+ million on the books for 2014 and that is for just Teixeira, A-rod, Jeter and Sabathia.
Add in the contracts Cano and Granderson will be getting at the end of this season roughly puts the Yankees somewhere around $110 million, which is being generous for 2014.
Now even though there is still a lot of baseball to be played in 2012 the Yankees need to start weighing their options because money is one, so why wouldn’t the Yankees think about getting their old outfielder Melky Cabrera?
After being let-go by the Yankees, the Melk-man was no doubt disappointed as he floated from Atlanta to Kansas City but with help from A-rod in the off-season, the Melky got his stuff together again.
Currently Melky is having a phenomenal season with the San Francisco Giants, on a one-year deal.
The Melk Man is posting a .364 batting average, with four homers, 17 RBIs, 14 doubles, seven triples and 87 hits on the season.
Knowing Giants GM Brian Sabean, he won’t offer Melky an extension mid-season, which makes him a free agent at the end of the season.
It is a fact that Melky loved playing in New York, and you have to think that he misses it here considering A-rod pleaded with ownership to resign Melky for this season.
This could make the Melk-man come a cheaper rate, a bargain buy in a sense as the Yankees could give him a trickling four-year deal, load it with incentives and make his biggest paydays in 2015 and 2016 when they have some more money available.
If Melky keeps up his current play the Yankees would be silly not to consider it.
The only problem I foresee is that Yankees ownership felt that Melky was a distraction for his best buddy Cano. Cano has turned into a legit superstar since Melky left, but I think that would have happened no matter what. Cano is a natural ballplayer, but that does not devoid him of growing pains, but I guess that is for the Yankees to decide as they would know best.
So, Melky wants to be a Yankee again…. discount.
The Yankees are worried about Cano being distracted…discount.
The Melk-man is a spark plug-in the outfield, and a big bat.
The possibility of this ever happening is presuming that Melky’s success will continue for the rest of the season.
He is dealing with a sore hamstring right now but is expected to be fine without being placed on the DL.
Look this is just something to keep in mind as the season rolls on because the Yankees have some big decisions to make.