Twelve Yankees File For Free-Agency

by Gavin Ewbank | Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013
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The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions, and the 2013 MLB season is officially over. That means the offseason has begun, along with free-agency. Twelve New York Yankees filed for free-agency as of 9 a.m. this morning — Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Lyle Overbay, Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner, Brendan Ryan, and Mark Reynolds are no longer members of the Yankees organization.

The Yankees will be able to give out qualifying-offer in five days, which they will likely extend to Cano, Granderson and Kuroda. It’s also possible for Hughes to receive a qualifying offer but there’s basically a 0.01 percent chance that the Yankees will take a one-year risk on him. Cano is expected to decline the offer and go for the monster contract that he’s rumored to be looking for — reports say he asked the Yankees for 10-years, $310 million — while it’s unknown what Granderson and Kuroda will do.

Granderson would love to stay in New York, but his agent has suggested that he’ll be testing the open market just to see what other offers are out there. As for Kuroda, it all depends on if he would like to play one more year here in the US, go back to Japan to finish his career, or just retire now. They will both have six days to decide after Monday.

Pettitte and Rivera are retiring, obviously, and it’s unlikely that the Yankees will bring back Hafner, Youkilis, or Joba. They could try to bring back Logan as their lefty-specialist once again, while Ryan and Reynolds could also be options on the left side of the infield, depending on what happens with Alex Rodriguez, and whatever the Yankees have planned for shortstop next season.

Gavin Ewbank covers the Yankees for Baseball Hot Corner. Follow him on Twitter, @GavinEwbank2013.

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Living in always-too-hot Florida, Gavin an MLB Columnist for BHC. Apart from that, he occasionally covers high school sports for the Palm Coast Observer. You can follow Gavin on Twitter @GavinEwbank.

  • Anthony46

    I wouldn’t offer any one of them more than a three year deal not even for Cano. He has maybe three to four really good years and then it will be mediocrity like they have with A-Rod Surely the Yankees have learned their lesson with A-Rod and Pavano that long term contracts are nothing but an anchor that weighs down the team.

    • Bill

      Agree 100%. In fact, no matter how this A-Rod situation goes down, I would eat my pride and release him. Some lean years ahead rebuilding the farm system, but they put themselves in that position.

      • Bill – The Yankees have been rebuilding their farm system since 2005….big time!! The Boss was still alive back then so he was buying stars at the same time.

        The Yankees scouting is doing alright but they have problems transitioning promising prospects…and this season proved that the farm system rebuilding over the last 8 years failed. Anyone prospects with hope are either majorly injured, regressed big time, off-the-field issues or cannot seem to progress at all.

        Time to spend money, as that is what the Yankees do best. You cannot buy chemistry so you cannot buy a championship but a team can position itself to have the best chance. And for the Yanks that means spending spree…and I am all for it.

  • Thom

    Sign: Hiroki Kuroda, Curtis Granderson, Kevin Youkilis, Mark Reynolds.

    Doubts: Robinson Cano, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Lyle Overbay.

    Dump: Phil Hughes, Travis Hafner, Brendan Ryan.

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