As of two days ago Johnny Damon’s days as a member of the New York Yankees are over with the signing of veteran outfielder Randy Winn. Winn who will probably give the Yankees the amount of production that a 2 Million dollar 1-year deal gets you… NOTHING!!! He will hopefully hit a little better but that still isn’t saying much considering his numbers last year with a Batting average of .262 and 51 RBI’s. Winn whose primary place is out in Right field will be competing with Brett Gardner for the 3rd spot in the outfield. Also the Yankees got another speed demon in prospect Greg Golsen who will likely start the season with the team as a backup outfielder or pinch runner. But the main point of these roster moves is that Johnny Damon is no longer a Yankee.Which is a great thing but also poses its problems. We’ll Start with good news… The Yankees get younger, Faster and more versatile in the outfield. The Bad news is that Johnny Damon as much as I disliked him still was an extremely valuable piece to the 2009 World Series Championship. Damon who obviously doesn’t like the way that this move has been played out at all says that he expects to be traded to or be signed by the Bronx Bombers in the future. This move puts a projected lineup together for opening day and heres how I think the Bombers will come to plate with in a few months when they square off with THE NATION!!! who have also made some moves this offseason with signing Yankee Killa and allstar John Lackey and bringing in Corner infielder Adrian Beltre from Seattle. Anyway heres the Bombers projected Starting lineup on opening day.
- SS.Derek Jeter
- CF Curtis Granderson
- 1B Mark Texeria
- 3B Alex Rodriquez
- DH Nick Johnson
- 2B Robinson Cano
- C Jorge Posada
- RF Nick Swisher
- LF Randy Winn
And obviously CC Sabathia will be on the hill. I like the Yankees chances up in Boston with them taking 2 out of 3 winning games 1 and 3 over the SAWX
. Overall I would have to say that this was a very productive offseason for the Yankees because they really didn’t spend much cash but have gained several key players that will be vital to their chances of defending their title. I like their chances in the division and basically the entire league with many AL teams lacking. So from my PC to yours … Peace in the East I’m Audi 3000
He Outta Here!!!
Remember when I wrote about Curtis Granderson coming to the Bombers?…. Well at the End of that post I said that the Yanks weren’t done yet and did I call it or what ! The latest addition to the Yankees Universe is former Bomber 1B/DH Nick Johnson. Johnson played in 133 total games last year splitting time with both the Florida Marlins and the Washington Nationals where he batted .291 had 8 Long Balls and an impressive .429 on base percentage. He was traded in December of 2003 for the Horrific nightmare “Javier Vazquez” who was part of that terrible group of busts that the Bombers took chances on such as Jose Contreas, Carl Pavano , Rondell White, Raul Mondesi and Randy Johnson. Now Johnson has gone full circle since coming up in 2001 he has played for 3 different organizations (4 teams in total :Yanks, Expos, Nationals and Marlins) and is back with the team that drafted him in the 3rd round of the 96 Draft. Johnson who is 31 years old will be the replacement for L.A. bound Hideki Matsui at the Designated Hitter spot. This is a perfect match considering that he has been battling with injuries for most of his career but now for the 1st time in 5 years he has the opportunity to only hit bombs especially a Lefty with some pop in the “Hitter friendly” confines of Yankee Stadium. What Johnson also brings to the table is a legitimate back up for Teixeira at First base instead of the mediocre job that Nick Swisher would have done fielding balls out of the dirt.
This signing not only decided the fate of Nick Johnson but also the fate of Johnny Damon returning for another year in pinstripes. Johnny Damon who’s outfield skills have been just awful in left was in the delusional state of mind that he could make up to $ 13 Million A YEAR!!! That is basically a joke and he definitely played his cards wrong by using Scotty Boras’ “Book of Knowledge” to try and get the best deal possible. To be honest with you all Damon was easily my least favorite Yankee just because of how he was so hyped up and he could never get it done until this year which was not only a contract year for him and Boras but he also got the pleasure of hitting into the Jet stream of the short right field porch which is 314 Feet away from the Batters Box 81 out of his 162 games in 2009. Overall I like this move because Johnson is basically stepping into a Jason Giambi type of role as a lefty power hitter whose job is to “HIT EM’ HIGH” only he won’t be playing the field as much which will likely help his numbers drastically. I am predicting that Nick Johnson bats over .300 this year and has at least 25 Home Runs in what will be his new favorite park. Overall I like what the Yanks are getting for a 5.5 Million dollar 1 year deal with a Mutual option that they would be stupid not to pick up. So long from my PC to Your ‘ s ADIOS and FELIZ NAVIDAD 🙂