Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Shift

For years the problem with the Yankees has been their pitching. They`ve always had a strong offense with a core of guys like A-Rod and Jeter. However, this is starting to change. For the first time this year the Yankees offense began to struggle. Much of this can be blamed on injuries but we may see more of this.

The Yankees top hitters are getting older and hitting their declines. How many years do Posada, Giambi, Jeter, Abreu, Damon, and Matsui really have left of being top hitters? Even A-Rod will probably begin to show signs of decline in the next few years. Only Nady and Cano are still relatively young and Nady isn't really a star player. The Yankees only really great positional prospects are Austin Jackson and Jesus Montero. The Yankees need to get guys that can anchor their offense for years to come.

They need to trade for a guy like Nate McLouth for centerfield rather than leave Damon there or trusting Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera. Mark Texiera could be one of these guys. However, the longest I would give him is six years (until age 34) and he`ll likely want more. Their needs to be some concern about the offense and I wouldn't be against trading some of our pitching prospects for a centerfielder o first baseman.