Yeah, yeah. World Series and all that junk
I don’t know about you folks, but whenever the Yanks make the playoffs but end up having to clear out their lockers prior to the last
MLB game of the season, a small part of me wants to stop watching baseball altogether. After the Series That Shall Not Be Named, I’m feeling particularly glum, even having taken several days to recover. Thanks to the baseball-induced ennui that I experienced this past weekend, I decided to immerse myself in moving and, subsequently, unpacking, hoping to resurface today fully aware of which two teams I would be watching for the last few games of the season. Giants-Tigers doesn’t really thrill me all that much, but it is kind of cool to see 2 of the Original 16 locking horns in the Fall Classic for the first time in history. I guess I’m rooting for the Tigers, since if they win I can take solace in the fact that the Yankees were beaten by the best.
In reality though, I’m not really jazzed up about either team.
Burn Baby Burn
But wait. What is that…that warmth I am feeling? It isn’t very intense, but it is definitely a glowing, radiant heat. It is growing, seemingly by the hour. Twitter, SportsCenter, the Blogosphere – all are beginning to burn. Oh yes. That’s right. Once your team is out, it’s Hot Stove Season, baby, and over the next couple of weeks I’m hoping to get my kicks by stirring some of the pots on the range.
Starting tomorrow, I will profile the gents who donned the pinstripes in 2012 who either have options for 2013, are arbitration eligible (can be non-tendered) or can walk outright as free agents. Here’s the list that I put together. If I’ve missed anyone, comment away.
Club Options (They might be back…)
Player Options (He probably won’t be back…)
Free Agents (Do we want them back?)
Arbitration Eligible (The Young’ns)
After addressing the probability of who will stay and who will go over the next week or so, I will then get out of the frying pan and into the fire, so to speak, analyzing potential free agent targets that could plug up some holes and potentially help Brian Cashman get the Yanks under the $189MM threshold for the 2014 season.
Up first tomorrow: The Ballad of Robinson Cano