The New York Yankees have numerous decisions to make regarding their roster for the upcoming 2013 season.
There will be a number of free agents and options that have to be determined to solidify this club.
General manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com, "We've got a lot of free agents, and every year the roster changes," Cashman said. "I can't really tell you what constitutes major or not, but we do have a lot of players that are free agents. Almost every one of them has contributed in a big way here. We always have tough decisions every winter."
Despite having another listless offensive post season Cashman will stay true to form as far as the basic makeup of this club, which includes left handed power hitters, good pitching and selective hitters.
"I am not going to turn myself into, as Joe used earlier in the year, 'the Bronx Bunters,' because all of a sudden we didn't hit for this week in October," Cashman said. "That's not our DNA. That's not what makes us successful and that's certainly not what's getting us in the postseason every year but one year  since I got here."
Below is the breakdown for all the contract issues the Yankees will have to deal with this winter.
Eric Chavez 1B/3B, Freddy Garcia RHP, Ibanez OF/DH, Andruw Jones OF/DH, Derek Lowe RHP, Hiroki Kuroda RHP, Russell Martin C, Andy Pettitte LHP, Mariano Rivera RHP, Ichiro Suzuki OF, Nick Swisher OF/1B.
Eligible for Arbitration:
Joba Chamberlain RHP, Brett Gardner OF, Phil Hughes RHP, Boone Logan LHP, Casey McGehee 1B/3B, Jayson Nix IF/LF, David Robertson RHP.
David Aardsma RHP ($500,000), Robinson Cano 2B ($15 million or $2 million buyout), Pedro Feliciano LHP ($4.5 million club option), Curtis Granderson OF ($15 million or $2 million buyout), Rafael Soriano RHP ($14 million player option or $1.5 million buyout).
The most likely free agents to resign with the Bombers should ideally be for one year before the 2014 season where the payroll needs to get to $189 million.
Hiroki Kuroda proved he could pitch in the AL East and was extremely valuable to New York winning 16 games. Ichiro Suzuki was the biggest surprise hitting .320 as a Yankee and bringing excellent defense, speed and some timely hitting to this anemic group down the stretch. With Nick Swisher more than likely gone he could be the new right fielder if the Yanks choose to go that route. Ibanez could be picked up again as the lefty DH.
Though Martin had a terrible season with the bat the Yankees love the way he handles the pitching staff and throws out runners. Martin should receive a minimum one year deal with no one in the minors ready to assume the position of catcher.
If lefty Andy Pettitte wants to come back the Bombers will certainly accommodate that request and give him a one year deal.
The wildcard of free agents believe it or not is Mariano Rivera whether he decides to retire or not.
The Yankees are expected to resign all those eligible for arbitration except Casey McGehee.
Cano and Granderson should have their options picked up. Aardsma and Feliciano are interesting especially David who could come on the cheap at $500,000. Soriano, who was brilliant as the closer this season, probably will entertain multiple year deals from other clubs. If Rivera would sign Soriano would not want to back up Mo again after such a great year.
Derek Jeter, Mo and CC will be coming off surgeries so their rehab will be important.
The knock on the Yankees are that they are slow and aging fast, the influx of some youth and speed is imperative for this club to move on through the playoffs.
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