Tonight’s Game 6 of the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers & the St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed due to inclement weather in St. Louis. The game will be played tomorrow October 27 at 8:05pm. The Texas Rangers have a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Eric Chavez’s agent Scott Leventhal said his client will make a decision regarding retirement “at some point” this winter.
Chavez, an impending free agent, is still mulling over whether to return in 2012. The 33-year-old missed nearly three months after fracturing his foot in early-May, but was useful in a part-time role with the Yankees, batting .263/.320/.356 with two homers, 26 RBI and a .676 OPS over 175 plate appearances. If he opts to play again, Leventhal said his client would be interested in returning to the Bombers in 2012.
So imagine that you are Brian Cashman and you are sitting in your office and you’re looking through the 2011 roster. You have to make some decisions on who to keep and who to let go. Here I decided to make an “interactive” article. Down below is each player along with a description of their 2011 season and the poll question asking “Would you keep_____?” So what do you think? Do you keep them or let them go? In this article you are going to decide whether the Yankees infield should stay or go? Are you ready?
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter: .297 AVG, 61 RBI, .355 OBP, 6 HR
After a rocky start in 2011, Jeter broke out in the second half of the season while also getting his 3,000thhit against Tampa Bay pitcher David Price. While Jeter didn’t hit .300, he was darn close and he told doubters that he still had it in him. Now what would you do if you were the
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano
Robinson Cano: .302 AVG, 118 RBI, .349 OBP, 28 HR
Robinson Cano had been red hot the whole entire season and his RBI’s an average have something to say about that. With 28 HR’s and 118 RBI’s Cano was easily the Yankees best hitter and was one of the only three Yankees who were dead red hot in the postseason. Robinson Cano has an option for 2012 which should be taken but right now you are the Yankees GM. What would you do if you were the Yankees GM?
Yankees first base man Mark Teixiera
Mark Teixeira: .248 AVG, 111 RBI, .341 OBP, 39 HR
Mark Teixeira’s numbers average was the lowest average he has ever had, but what impresses is Mark Teixeira’s power numbers. There was no argument that Tex was a power force, but he couldn’t hit at all in the postseason. Teixeira has a contract for the next couple of years with a no-trade clause, but remember that you are the Yankees GM. What would you do if you were the Yankees GM?
Yankees third base man Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez: .276 AVG, 62 RBI, .362 OBP, 16 HR
Okay, I’ll admit it. Alex Rodriguez wasn’t playing like Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez broke a 13 season streak where he had at least 30 HR and 100 RBI’s. We could give A-Rod the benefit of the doubt because he had surgery in his knee, but I think that A-Rod came back a bit too early from his injury. Also in the postseason along with Mark Teixeira…he did absolutely nothing. So, now it’s time for you to decide. What would you do if you were the Yankees GM?
Yankees catcher Russell Martin
Russell Martin: .237 AVG, 65 RBI, .324 OBP, 18 HR
I’m just going to say this about Russell Martin: He was one of the best Yankees pickups in the 2010 offseason. Sure, Martin’s numbers are down since recent years but what surprised me was how well he was able to control A.J Burnett. Everywhere Burnett’s curveball went, Martin was there to catch it and I have to admit that Burnett did better than we expected with Martin behind the plate. Now, you’re looking through Martin’s file and you have a dilemma on your hands. What would you do if you were the Yankees GM?
So now here is your chance to be the Yankees GM. Just vote above under each player and we’ll see how the results look.
According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees will hold meetings in Tampa over the next two days to formulate a plan they hope will keep CC Sabathia from opting out of his contract.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will chair the meetings, which will also likely be attended by team president Randy Levine, assistant GM Jean Afterman, head of pro scouting Billy Eppler and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner. “Their hope is to present Sabathia with an offer he is agreeable with before he opts out,’’ said a source. Sabathia has three days following the World Series to opt out of the remaining four years on his contract and hit free agency. King hears the Yankees could be interested in giving him a five or six-year deal, but are naturally reluctant to go as far as seven or eight years. Even if Sabathia does opt out, which still looks like the most likely scenario, the Yankees would be the favorites to re-sign him.