January 04, 2006
In The Year, Twenty Oh Eight
The year 2008 will be the last year of Brian Cashman's current contract - and, reportedly, the last year of the current Yankee Stadium. Presently there are 7 players on the Yankees roster who will still be under contract in 2008:
*Jason Giambi, who will be 37 in 2008, scheduled to make $21 million that year.
*Johnny Damon, who will be 35 in 2008, scheduled to make $13 million that year.
*Hideki Matsui, who will be 35 in 2008, scheduled to make $13 million that year.
*Derek Jeter, who will be 34 in 2008, scheduled to make $20 million that year.
*Alex Rodriguez, who will be 32 in 2008, scheduled to make $19 million that year (from the Yankees).
*Carl Pavano, who will be 32 in 2008, scheduled to make $11 million that year.
*Kyle Farnsworth, who will be 32 in 2008, scheduled to make $5.5 million that year.
That's $102.5 million for seven players who will be somewhat long in the tooth by 2008.
I hope that the likes of Eric Duncan, Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Tyler Clippard, Jose Tabata, Jeff Marquez, C.J. Henry, J. Brent Cox, Jeff Karstens, Zach Kroenke, Brett Gardner, and Austin Jackson (among others) are paying attention to this fact. The Yankees will need some cheap but good talent in the next two to three years. The opportunity is there for the taking.
And, if they're not ready to go for it, boy, that last year in the current Stadium could be a long one.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at January 4, 2006 01:38 PM