(Originally posted at IIATMS/TYA. And "Project 189" is going to be an ongoing series for the next week and change, so make sure you keep following each day to see every writer's version. Fair warning, this post is long as shit)
The latest chapter in the A-Rod/MLB saga stole the show yesterday and with good reason. When something this big reaches the level of absurdity that it did and when Mike Francesa gets added to the mix, that's a situation that deserves everyone's full attention.
But if in the wave of A-Rod reports you happened to miss the start of the IIATMS/TYA "Project 189" series yesterday, please stop reading this immediately, scroll down the page a bit, and catch up on that because you're missing out if you don't. The series is the brainchild of Michael Eder, who wanted to know what kind of team that Yankees could go out and build while still trying to stay under the luxury tax threshold if they didn't have A-Rod's salary on the books next year. That looks like an even greater possibility than it already did after yesterday's events, and Mike kicked off Project 189 yesterday by setting the bar pretty high.
MIke's version of the 2014 roster had power, lineup balance, and probably the best team defense that the Yankees have had in a long, long time. Today it's my turn to follow that up and offer my version of Project 189. Remember, the point of these posts is not to make predictions on what we at IIATMS/TYA think the Yankees will do but rather to examine all the possibilities and stimulate some thought and discussion about what they could do. And another reminder that the salary and arbitration numbers being used in these posts are from MLBTR's free agent profiles. We're aware that the actual numbers might come out differently, but for the purposes of standardization in the series it's what we chose to work with.
Without further ado, my Project 189 roster.
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