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July 10, 2005

Worst Off-Season Moves?

Made by the Yankees, according to Post scribe Joel Sherman, who writes:

Or what I like to call, Logic Takes A Holiday. They brought in Kenny Lofton after the 2003 season because Bernie Williams' defense had taken such a dip, but a year later left themselves with nobody to supplement Williams. They rid themselves of Lofton because they saw that pesky/speed style did not work for them, and gave a two-year contract to Tony Womack, who was the AL's worst player in the first half. At this rate, the pesky Juan Pierre should be an ineffective Yankee any day now. They again dipped into the NL for starting pitchers to their detriment (Randy Johnson, Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright). They got rid of Orlando Hernandez because of shoulder worries and signed a longer deal with the shoulder-impaired Wright. They filled their bullpen with the old and useless. With all of this, the surprise should be not that they have tangoed with .500, but that they are in the race.

Can't say that I disagree. The Yankees haven't made many shrewd moves in the last few off-seasons, and the decisions have finally caught up with them. It's taken the performance of two rookies, players the Yankees called up out of desperation more than a long-term plan, that's helped them to tread water. It's also only the mediocrity of their division that has kept them close. Any other division, and they're toast by now.

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...according to Post scribe Joel Sherman,...

I believe the term "raving nutbag" would fit that bill better.

Posted by: TC at July 10, 2005 02:38 PM

Have you seen DeJesus play for KC at all? I think Cashman needs to get on the horn and get us a stand in until Melky comes around.

Posted by: finamundo at July 19, 2005 10:10 PM