(Courtesy of Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
Pretend it's the start of the 2013-2014 offseason. The top free agent available is a lefty hitter in his prime who hits for both plus average and plus power and owns a .307/.351/.503 batting line in 9 career seasons. He plays an up-the-middle defensive position that the Yankees would desperately need to fill and plays it at a plus level. He's almost universally regarded as the best player at his position, one of the top 10 players in all of baseball, and has been a perennial All Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and MVP candidate for the last 5 seasons. Oh, and he also fired his agent earlier in the season, the one known for squeezing every last drop he can out of the free agent market, to replace him with a rapper whose ties to New York couldn't be tighter if he was a sidewalk in Times Square.