Friday, August 24, 2007
Joe Torre's contract is set to expire this year along with pitchers Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and catcher Jorge Posada. All of them have long last relationships with Joe Torre and would probably only play for him in New York. Furthermore, Torre leaving probably signals the end of the coaching staff as well and with the interest Posada is getting around the league and Torre out in New York, he would probably leave as well. Rodriguez doesn't know Torre as well as these guys do so he won't factor in as much. Although the Yankees have a lot of young arms and some good young talent in the field, it would be hard to imagine them contending with a young pitching staff and new coaching staff, even if Mantingly stays.