Well, they signed Damon, which gives them a much stronger lineup. Signing Damon also made the Red Sox trade valuable prospects which wll hurt them down the road. There was an interesting article in S.I. about how the Yankees should bat Jeter first, and then Damon, or even bat Damon ninth, and they'll have a fantastic lineup.
As well, they shored up their bullpen. That's the big difference. Rivera's the top reliever in baseball, maybe in the history of baseball, and from what I've seen, he's shouldered too much of the bullpen burden for the Yankees. We got B.J. Ryan (overpaid, unfortunately), but the Yanks got Farnsworth and some other specialists.
Their starting pitching is suspect; that's a given, especially with Pavano hurting now. But so is Boston's; so is pretty much everyone else's in the AL. But they have some impressive rookies who will get a second shot this year.
I think Cleveland, ultimately, will get the better end of the deal in the Coco Crisp trade. Crisp's quick, and he's got some pop, but the guy's on-base percentage is just lousy. The Sox are doing what the Yankees specialize in, trading tomorrow for today.
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I actually agree with redsox on this one. I liked Damon as much as anybody did during his tenure w/the Sox, but before that I never thought he was the Second Coming or anything in Oakland or Kansas City. To me they highly overpaid for a player who will be old by the time the contract's up.
I'm not certain Rivera is still the Man in NYC; he too is aging like the rest of that team. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Blue Jays take that division.
I wonder if Tampa Bay will actually overcome Baltimore for 4th again?
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