Twelve Yankees File For Free-Agency
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.