Problems still looming despite Girardi's new contract
The New York Yankees' roster issues stir controversy in offseason negotiations
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 13:10
The drama continues in the Bronx.
Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi signed a four-year contract extension, after rumors of accompany his home town Chicago Cubs after the end of his current contract with the Yankees on Oct. 31.
SB Nation reported Girardi’s return will ensure a $4 million plus bonus with the sense of managing a crippling Yankees roster. The Yankees closed their season 85-77, 12 game behind AL East front runner Boston Red Sox for a playoff birth.
With Girardi’ job security, the Yankees will now focus their negations on second baseman Robinson Cano. Cano initiated the offseason with a 10-year, $305 million contract request with Yankees’ management. The All-Star second baseman kept the Bronx Bombers afloat single-handedly in 2013 with a .314 batting average and 27 home runs.
ESPN reporter Andrew Marchand reporter the Yankees are wary of the 10-year deal with Alex Rodriguez’s current $275 million contract in the back of their minds. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said on “The Michael Kay Show,” that he “doesn’t feel this organization is ready to do something like that.”
However, although Steinbrenner made it clear the Yankees hope to sign Cano for the 2014 season, he isn’t naïve to the idea of Cano starting training camp with another organization.
“I’m optimistic and I know that we are going to make him a very, very good offer,” he said. “Is anybody an absolute must-to-sign? No. We’re going to do what we can.”
As for Girardi, the veteran Yankee manager will turn his attention to strengthening his injury-prone roster.
First baseman Mark Teixeira missed almost the entire season with an injury to his right wrist - signifying the steady decline of Big Tex’s power at the plate. Derek Jeter was missed in the middle infield as he took the season to recover from an ankle injury suffered in the in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. SB Nation reported Jeter won’t likely play as effective in the field, even if healthy in 2014.
Although riddled with strong prospects throughout their farm system, the Yankees’ hopefuls closed their season more or less ineffective for their team. SB Nation claimed the options are slim for Girardi to clear the Yankees’ wreckage.
“The problem is that if the Yankees aren’t going to spend on free agents, lack veterans who would bring a return in trade, and don’t have ready prospects, every route towards improvement is foreclosed,” SB Nation reporter Steven Goldman wrote.