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November 12, 2008 at 8:18 am ET
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The Yankees will spend money? Really?

The Yankees are ready to open their checkbook.News flash! Free agency opens Friday and the New York Yankees are prepared to spend a lot of money!

Here’s Hal Steinbrenner.

“We’re going to do what we do every year, and that’s try to field a championship team. That’s not going to change. We know that we’ve got some weaknesses, and we’re going to fix the problems as best we can. If that means spending money, obviously that means spending money. The philosophy has not changed.”

Duh!

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5 Responses to “The Yankees will spend money? Really?”
  1. B.E. Earl says:

    And all along I thought they were going to try to emulate the Pirate’s business model.

    Duh is right!

  2. Eric says:

    Hey Ed,

    Just a thought here that you may or may not have had come across your mind. I know the Yanks priority is pitching-as well it should be-but I was thinking about the centerfield situation the other day. Melky and Gardner have proven that they can somewhat play and I’m pretty sure that a lot of us are expecting more use out of Gardner this year. However, Melky has had his chance and we see that he just hasn’t been able to get it done with his bat. As of right now I don’t see these two being everyday players. Here’s my proposition. Rocco Baldelli. He’s a free agent as of right now, and while I’m thinking the Rays would like him back, ya never know. Baldelli is not now, not ever going to get a long term contract because of the mitochondrial disease. His veteran leadership would be a huge plus in the Yankees clubhouse and we’ve seen that Rocco still has the 5-tool skills that Rocco always had. With Rocco, it would give Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner an ultimatum of some sorts-that is if Rocco produces every other day like he did this past year. If you ask me, this could be the biggest steal for any team. Give Melky and Gardner a chance and whoever doesn’t perform, send ‘em down. I personally think that a tandem of Rocco Baldelli and Brett Gardner would be way more than anyone thought the Yankees can have coming into 2009. Thoughts?

  3. Ed Valentine says:

    If Baldelli was anywhere close to healthy I would say he would be worth a gamble. The problem is we know he isn’t healthy with the mitochondrial disease. I was reading a lot during the playoffs about how limited he is now and how careful he has to be about playing too much. On paper, Baldelli would be an excellent complement to Gardner. Unfortunately, I just don’t think he can exert the kind of effort that is required to play center field anymore. It’s too bad because he is a tremendous talent. I felt good that he got some huge hits in the post-season.

  4. Eric says:

    Ahh, well I was under the impression that with a day off here and there he would still be able to play. Hell, I would still almost take the gamble. Like I said, he’s not expecting anyone to give him a long term deal, why not take a chance and give him 2 years to at least up the ante for melky and gardner?

  5. Ed Valentine says:

    Maybe … it’s just a question of how much he has to give, and I don’t think anyone is sure.

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