Saturday, September 6, 2008

First Base

Next year the Yankees have the opportunity to shake up their first base situation and get rid of a huge contract in Jason Giambi. The question is, should they? Here are their options for first base next year:
  • Resign Abreu to a multi-year deal and move Nady or Damon to first base. Giambi leaves.
  • Sign Mark Texiera to a long term deal. Both Giambi and Abreu leave.
  • Resign Giambi to a short one or two year deal for a discount. Abreu leaves.

Keep in mind this is all assuming we don't magically pull off a trade. I didn't list this because of its unlikeliness and also because its impossible to predict what we would give up.

I`m leaning towards the third one.

I don't want Abreu back. First of all, he`s a big defensive liability and he would force somebody to play out of position at first base. Believe it or not Giambi would probably be a better fielder at first then Nady or Damon. More importantly though I think Giambi is a better hitter than Abreu. EQA (which takes into account pretty much every offensive stat) has Giambi ahead over the past three years. Giambi beats Abreu in 2008 and 2006. As an added bonus Abreu will be a type A free agent while Giambi will only be a type B.

Although Texiera would fill the first base spot perfectly I would stay away from him. He`s looking for a ten year deal. In my opinion their are very few guys in baseball who are worth that. They need to focus as much money as possible on Sabathia. It would be great to have him but at what cost?

At the start of this year I was looking forward to Giambi being gone. However, he`s been one of the few guys on this team that actually hit. They can get him on a one or two year deal and he wants to be back so they may get him on a discount.

I`d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks :)


Nate said...

Love the EQA reference. Anyway, I think we should pursue Teixeira, but if some other team gives him the huge deal he wants, let that team have him. CC should definitely be our first priority. Assuming we can't get Tex on a deal significantly less than what he wants, I would probably go with option three as well. I think I would consider more options though, such as Adam Dunn, who I think could play first on a defensive level equal or slightly worse than Giambi. He could also play left or right if Nady or Damon needs a day off. Now I seriously doubt Johnny Damon can play center every day, but if Cashman thinks he can for some reason, Dunn could be signed to play first and Pat Burrell could be signed to play left. I realize that is completely ridiculous, but I have this weird obsession with guys who do nothing but walk, strikeout and hit homers.