Following the disappointing end to their 2012 campaign, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Jeff Bradley and Andy McCullough of the New Jersey Star-Ledger that the club has "a lot of decisions to make."
As for what to expect out of Brian Cashman’s winter, the GM said, "We have a lot of free agents. We’ll figure it out. We have a lot of decisions to make."
On top of the situation with Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have several players that are set to hit the free agent market if they’re not re-signed by the team, including right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, outfielders Nick Swisher and Ichiro Suzuki and catcher Russell Martin. Left-hander Andy Pettitte will also have to decide if he’s going to return to pitch another season.
Pettitte’s return in 2012 was cut short due to injury, and he’s said he feels he has something left in the tank. He told Bradley and McCullough that he has a "desire to compete," but admits that there are some "family things" and other issues he has to address before making a decision.
Swisher characterized his time in New York as "awesome," and he said he’d like to re-sign with the team. However, the outfielder figures to seek a multi-year contract this offseason, something the Yankees aren’t likely to offer him.
Though it was far less than Swisher’s, Suzuki also enjoyed his short time with the Yankees. All he was willing to say at this point is that he wants "to be that player that is needed and wanted."