Market Watch: Keith Law's Top 50

November, 5, 2013
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This winter will be a tumultuous one for the Yankees with a lot of new faces expected to be brought in and old ones to depart. To keep up with it all in the blog, we will track each of the players the Yankees are trying to keep or pursue in a feature we call Market Watch.

Keith Law's Top 50 has some no-brainers. Robinson Cano is No. 1 on the list. There is some great insight into the hype about possible future Yankees Masahiro Tanaka. And there are some surprises -- lookey there at No. 10, it is old friend A.J. Burnett!

From the baseball officials that I've spoken to with knowledge of the Yankees' plans, I believe their top four free agents are: Cano, Tanaka, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.

Now, free agency is a fluid situation and teams must change plans depending on circumstances, but in an ideal world they would land at least two, maybe three, of these players and remain under Hal's $189M goal.

On Cano, Law gives the 31-year-old a high grade in terms of sustaining his prowess for a few more years, at least.


If you want an impact player and have $22 million to $25 million a year to spend, this is your guy, a 2-hole hitter for the next three or four years who should still be productive into his mid-30s.


Tanaka is the Japanese starter that the Yankees plan on making a "strong bid" for in the posting process. Law says he is more like Hiroki Kuroda than Yu Darvish.

Comparisons to Yu Darvish are unfortunate, and wrong, but if we must keep to former NPB players, Hiroki Kuroda is a better fit: A potential No. 2 starter with outstanding control and at least one above-average to plus off-speed weapon to miss bats.


While Burnett, 37 in January, was mostly a bust in pinstripes, Law rates him him at No. 10 on his list, behind starters Tanaka, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ricky Nolasco. Law writes:

Three guaranteed years might be pushing it at his age, but his recent track record says he's worth that and more than $15 million per year.
To read the complete Top 50 click here (insider)
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146