Re: SOX vs. YANKEES: Which team is in worse shape?
posted at 10/7/2011 10:52 AM EDT
I just think both have simular issues. Both have no deep starting pitching staffs, lack of hearts, no 3B (both Youkilis/A-Rod are hurting), RF hole if Yankees decide not to pick up option on Swisher, need a DH (supposely Papi sign with another team).
In someway, it is not good for one club to another cuz both would probably looking for same guys such as both Boston/Yankees may want CJ Wilson and Edwin Jackson or both Yankees/Boston would want to get rid of a bad contract like Lackey/Burnett, both may want a decent DH/RF, etc.
Had Yankees won the world series this year, I would probably think that the Yankees would not be too aggressive during the winter meeting just like they did it after the 2009 world series. I think that they were lucky to win the 2009 world series cuz Yankees had an easier path to the world series after facing Twins and Angels. Too bad Boston was knocked out in the first round where they would give the Yankees a hard time in the ACLS.
Now the Yankees are done, and know the American League teams such as Texas, Detriot, Boston, Tampa, etc all are much stronger than they were two years ago. So therefore, the Yankees know that, and they will be very aggressive during the winter meeting. Bad news is that they have way too many bad contracts such as Texeria, A-Rod, Jeter, Martin, Burnett, CC, etc. I am not sure if they are willing to go as high as 250 millions dollars payroll!!