The Yankees have a long to do list, with Cliff Lee's name at the top
Chronologically, Girardi comes first. But he will be back, of course. Where's he going to go now that his beloved hometown Cubs quickly hired no-name interim manager
Once Girardi is re-signed to a deal likely to pay him $3 million or more annually, the real money will be thrown around. And we're not even talking about three of the original Core Four, two of whom are all but certain to be back
Lee, 32, is so unhittable and so hot that competing executives are wondering whether the Yankees will stop at anything -- or any number -- before securing him. Word going around is that Lee will ask to duplicate the record $161 million, seven-year record deal of his good buddy
The Yankees lost an opportunity this summer to be branded the overwhelming title favorites when they let Lee go to the Rangers, after thinking they had struck a deal with the Mariners. But when Seattle questioned prospect
New Rangers owner
If Lee stays in Texas, and Greinke won't come to New York, the Yankees will 1) Try hard to find a viable frontline starter elsewhere, and 2) Try to combat the talented Rangers with improved offense. That could mean a run at one of the top two offensive players. The Yankees are said to have interest in
There have been fleeting thoughts and visions about the damage that
The current plan for Posada's final year in pinstripes is to have him share time behind the plate with
As for Jeter and Rivera, Posada's longtime teammates, the two iconic Yankees are technically free agents, though no believes that there's any chance they'll go elsewhere. Jeter's contract will be of interest because guesses are all over the board. The Yankees aren't sure that anyone else would even offer him $30 million over three years, but both sides have no reason to end this winning relationship and every incentive to continue the legacy of an alltime great Yankee. One opposing GM foresaw a three-year deal for about $50 million, though a rare, so-so October following his off-year offensively make early $100 million guesses seem off the wall now. How about a two-year deal for $40 million, which gives him a raise but isn't outrageous total dollars? Rivera should get a raise from $15 million, and a two-year deal seems reasonable there, as well -- though perhaps he'd accept the year-to-year program that Pettitte seems to be on.
Pettitte is saying for the moment that he remains unsure what he will do, though people around the team guess that he'll be back based on his competitive juices. Pettitte would seem unlikely to want to leave off a disappointing year (for the team, anyway) when he still has ample ability, not to mention a chance to enhance his Hall of Fame résumé. But if he does go, their pitching situation goes from dicey to dire.
Beyond Rivera, who's expected back, the bullpen appears solid but well short of its late-'90s heyday. Even the setup role remains a question unless they can figure out how to retain
The Yankees have decent talent in their system, and if they can somehow sign a prime outfielder, perhaps they could include either
• Ex-Diamondbacks GM
• The Pirates were expected to have picked their manager by now. But
• Toronto's choice of pitching coach
• Not only did A-Rod seem a step slow late in the year, but so did the Phillies'
• Adam Dunn keeps telling folks that he wants to play the field and stay in the National League, and to this point in his career, he has done that. The Tigers and White Sox might like him for the middle of their lineups, though.
• The separation of running mates and former Yankee teammates