This we know: The Yankees have the money, the dough, the clams, the potatoes, the scarfa, the buefluentes, the big green mingaroos.
They can afford any free agent. Likewise, they can build the best farm system. So one question: Why compete in the one arena where they have no inherent advantage: Trades.
What if the Yankees stood pat? What if they signed free agents and developed young players... and never made trades.
3B: Alex Rodriguez 0
SS: Derek Jeter 0
RF: Austin Jackson/Jose Tabata 0 (vs Swisher)
LF: Brett Gardner/Juan Rivera/Raul Ibanez 0
CF: Melky Cabrera 0 (vs Grandy)
C: Russell Martin 0
DH: Jesus Montero/Andruw Jones/Nick Johnson 0
UT: Eduardo Nunez, Jayson Nix, Frankie Cervelli 0
CC Sabathia 0
Ian Kennedy + (vs Nova)
Andy Pettitte 0
Hiroki Kuroda 0
Phil Hughes 0
SWING: Hector Noesi/AJ Burnett/Freddy Garcia/Ivan Nova + (vs Freddy)
Rafael Soriano 0
Tyler Clippard +
Phil Coke 0
Cory Wade 0
Cody Eppler 0
David Robertson 0
David Phelps 0
Are we supposed to feel hopeful?