Should the Yankees Sell?

There seems to be a growing feeling amongst fans that the Yankees should entertaining selling.  Of course, I’ve made no secret of the fact that this team was in trouble long before the most recent run of wretched baseball.  About 3 weeks ago, I wrote that despite a decent record, the Yanks were outperforming their metrics and cruel regression was coming – they’ve gone 5-12 since that mark, and now can’t pitch in addition to their inability to hit.

That being said, is a Bronx fire sale the answer?  Let’s start with the basics – excepting out the monster immoveable contracts (Jeter, ARod, Tex, Sabathia, Wells), here is what the Yanks have under contract for this year and next, with an emphasis on free agents:

Cano, Robinson $15,000,000        FA
Granderson, Curtis $15,000,000 FA
Kuroda, Hiroki $15,000,000 FA
Pettitte, Andy $12,000,000 FA
Youkilis, Kevin $12,000,000 FA
Rivera, Mariano $10,000,000 FA
Hughes, Phil $7,150,000 FA
Suzuki, Ichiro $6,500,000 $6.50
Logan, Boone $3,150,000 FA
Robertson, David $3,100,000 Arb 3
Gardner, Brett $2,850,000 Arb 3
Hafner, Travis $2,000,000 FA
Chamberlain, Joba $1,875,000 FA

If you’re in the “Yanks must sell” camp – who are you going to sell?  Granderson and Youkilis are hurt.  Hughes is getting bombed.  Ichiro’s OBP is under .300 and he’s owed $6.5M next season.  Is Joba Chamberlain or Travis Hafner going to fetch anything more than salary relief (which the Yanks get at the end of the year anyway)?  I mean, I suppose the correct baseball argument in a vacuum would be to move Cano, Pettitte and Rivera once it is clear you can’t contend – but are you really going to move trade two guys who’s numbers will be retired the second they retire? (And a 3rd who is on a HOF trajectory who you hope to re-sign in the offseason)?  David Robertson would return some value, though he’s under team control next season — ditto Brett Gardner.  Those are the only two pieces I can imagine the Yanks could move for anything of particular value.

While I agree that the Yankees need to rebuild, I don’t see any pieces on the major league roster that are going to return building blocks to a better future.


About Bill Porter

Bill is an aspiring sportswriter (attorney by day) born in Washington DC, raised in New York, and currently living in San Francisco with his wife Kirsten and two spazzy labs, Fletch and Bear. Follow me on Twitter at @wfporter1972
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