You Be The Yankees GM: Who Would Stay & Who Would Go? (Yankees Infield)
So imagine that you are Brian Cashman and you are sitting in your office and you’re looking through the 2011 roster. You have to make some decisions on who to keep and who to let go. Here I decided to make an “interactive” article. Down below is each player along with a description of their 2011 season and the poll question asking “Would you keep_____?” So what do you think? Do you keep them or let them go? In this article you are going to decide whether the Yankees infield should stay or go? Are you ready?
Derek Jeter: .297 AVG, 61 RBI, .355 OBP, 6 HR
After a rocky start in 2011, Jeter broke out in the second half of the season while also getting his 3,000thhit against Tampa Bay pitcher David Price. While Jeter didn’t hit .300, he was darn close and he told doubters that he still had it in him. Now what would you do if you were the
Robinson Cano: .302 AVG, 118 RBI, .349 OBP, 28 HR
Robinson Cano had been red hot the whole entire season and his RBI’s an average have something to say about that. With 28 HR’s and 118 RBI’s Cano was easily the Yankees best hitter and was one of the only three Yankees who were dead red hot in the postseason. Robinson Cano has an option for 2012 which should be taken but right now you are the Yankees GM. What would you do if you were the Yankees GM?
Mark Teixeira: .248 AVG, 111 RBI, .341 OBP, 39 HR
Mark Teixeira’s numbers average was the lowest average he has ever had, but what impresses is Mark Teixeira’s power numbers. There was no argument that Tex was a power force, but he couldn’t hit at all in the postseason. Teixeira has a contract for the next couple of years with a no-trade clause, but remember that you are the Yankees GM. What would you do if you were the Yankees GM?
Alex Rodriguez: .276 AVG, 62 RBI, .362 OBP, 16 HR
Okay, I’ll admit it. Alex Rodriguez wasn’t playing like Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez broke a 13 season streak where he had at least 30 HR and 100 RBI’s. We could give A-Rod the benefit of the doubt because he had surgery in his knee, but I think that A-Rod came back a bit too early from his injury. Also in the postseason along with Mark Teixeira…he did absolutely nothing. So, now it’s time for you to decide. What would you do if you were the Yankees GM?
Russell Martin: .237 AVG, 65 RBI, .324 OBP, 18 HR
I’m just going to say this about Russell Martin: He was one of the best Yankees pickups in the 2010 offseason. Sure, Martin’s numbers are down since recent years but what surprised me was how well he was able to control A.J Burnett. Everywhere Burnett’s curveball went, Martin was there to catch it and I have to admit that Burnett did better than we expected with Martin behind the plate. Now, you’re looking through Martin’s file and you have a dilemma on your hands. What would you do if you were the Yankees GM?
So now here is your chance to be the Yankees GM. Just vote above under each player and we’ll see how the results look.
Stay tuned for Part 2: The Yankees outfielders!