After a sub-par 2007 (.296/.388/.493) in Boston, he was having another less than Manny year this year (.299/.398/.529) but then he went to L.A. and for 53 games hit a ridiculous .396/.489/.743. He has also played a very solid left field since going to the Dodgers. He finished the 2008 regular season hitting .332/.430/.601, with 37 HR and 121 RBI, and he's carried that hot hitting into the postseason.
At first I didn't want the Yanks to sign him, but now after watching how good the guy can still be if he's happy (I know that's a big 'if') I'm starting to change my mind. The idea of having A-Rod and Manny hitting 3-4 in a lineup is almost too good to pass up.
Signing him could create some problems, though. The Yankees would have Matsui, Damon, Nady and Manny fighting for playing time at three positions - DH, LF, and RF. The Yankees could trade Matsui, or they could just have one of these four on the bench every night, which would make the bench that much better. So maybe it's not a problem after all; those great Yankee teams of the late 90's had superb benches, and I remember many nights when guys like Daryl Strawberry would pinch-hit and hit a huge homer or drive in the game winning run.
Another problem - and probably the biggest one - will be the contract that Manny will want, remember, his agent is now Scott "Satan" Boras. The Yankees do have a ton of money, and will only make more with the new stadium opening up, so money shouldn't be an issue, but I've heard he may want a 4-year deal, and that's probably too long.
The Yankees want, and need Mark Teixeira, he should be their main offensive target this off-season. Could they sign him and Manny? I don't know, it would be a lot of money, but being that they're probably not going to sign any of the big pitching free agents it might be possible, and boy would that lineup be insane.
Then there's the issue of Manny being
I'm still a little torn on this, the last thing I want the Yankees to do is bring in Manny and have him be a distraction, but if he came in and performed, I don't think we'd have to worry about the offensive problems the '08 team faced. I'm very interested to see what you guys think. If you were Brian Cashman, would you go after Manny this off-season, and why or why not?