After the crushing blow to end the season, it’s now drawing board season as the Yankees GM Brian Cashman has some choices to make in the off-season.
Coming into this season we all knew there would be a difficult choice to make this off-season, and that choice would be to either resign Masahiro Tanaka or James Paxton. Both pitchers will want a lot of money so I think its realistic to think only one may come back next year, but do you bring back the fan favorite who before this season had REALLY good postseason numbers or do you bring back James Paxton who’s had some memorable moments in a Yankee uniform and some not so memorable moments. All in all I think only one will come back next season.
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What started out as a depth signing has turned into the teams MVP in just two years, he won the batting title this year albeit in a shortened season but nonetheless he is the first player EVER to win a batting title in both the NL and the AL, he of course won it in Colorado. LeMahieu has turned himself into a mainstay in this lineup and our best hitter, if you’re Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner you HAVE to bring back LeMahieu, money has to be thrown at him and a lot of it, you can’t afford to lose his bat in the lineup.
Giancarlo Stanton and Zack Britton both have player options that I would expect they would both opt in, Britton currently has a 13 million dollar player option for next year and unless he feels he deserves more money which he might, he should be around in Yankee pinstripes for at least one more year. Brett Gardner currently has a 10 million dollar Team Option set for this off-season meaning that the Yankees could very well part ways with Gardner, which I hope doesn’t happen but money may be a little tight this off-season and so many players will be Arbitration eligible. Pretty much everyone else is Arbitration Eligible or is still under team control. I will have all coverage for the off-season on Instagram so turn on post notis so you don’t miss a thing!! LGY!!