Sunday, October 08, 2006

Who's Gonna Go?

Via this article:

Alex Rodriguez posted another ugly postseason in pinstripes with a 1-for-14 performance. A-Rod, who has four years remaining on his contract and a full no-trade clause, holds the power to decide where -- or if -- he will go, but there has been a lot of speculation that the Angels would love to acquire the reigning American League MVP, and that Rodriguez might accept a trade to the West Coast.

Joe Torre could be on the hot seat as well. New York has lost 10 of its last 13 postseason games, including a pair of first-round knockouts in the past two Octobers. Torre has one year and more than $6 million remaining on his contract, and the buzz is that the manager may take the fall for his team's postseason struggles. Two former managers with strong Yankees ties -- Lou Piniella and Joe Girardi -- could be in line to replace Torre if he is dismissed.

The Yankees hold 2007 options on Gary Sheffield ($13 million) and Mike Mussina ($17 million), though neither is likely to be picked up.

Sheffield's run in the Bronx appears to be over, as Bobby Abreu is set to earn $15 million next year as the starting right fielder.

As for Mussina, he has made it clear that he would like to return to the Yankees for a seventh season and beyond. Having just completed his six-year, $88.5 million contract, Mussina will probably look for a two-year deal in the $20-24 million range.

The Yankees can also opt out of the final year of Jaret Wright's contract, which calls for him to make $7 million, by paying the right-hander $4 million.

Among the other free agents are Ron Villone, Miguel Cairo, Cory Lidle, Octavio Dotel and Bernie Williams.

Williams, who came back this season on a one-year, $1.5 million contract, said he hasn't decided whether to play in 2007 or to hang up his spikes.


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