Tuesday Triple Play: Yankees, Yankees, Yankees
1. I joked yesterday about the "death" of the Yankees' "youth movement," but I fully understand the logic behind the signing of Andy Pettitte. A great signing, without a doubt. After all, the Yankees now have, as their fifth starter, a guy who won 14 games in 2008 (and equally significant, a
third fourth [thanks, Gmart68b] link, along with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada, to the championship years). And they got him at a bargain price, even if he hits all his incentives.
You always want to start the season with seven or more MLB-ready starting pitchers, because of the likelihood of injuries, even if a couple of them are stashed at Triple-A. As for Phil Hughes, for whom the Yankees still have high hopes, in a worst-case scenario he begins the year in Triple-A (as he probably should have in 2008), and in a best-case scenario -- given the statistically significant possibility of one of the Yankees' top five starters being shelved at the start of the season -- he's in the Opening Day rotation.
2. Are you prepared to call the Yankees the best team in baseball, as we sit here on January 27? I think I am. Yes, they have issues. Their lineup is old. The left side of their infield has no range. Robinson Cano is a question mark. Jorge Posada may no longer be good for 120 games behind the plate. But let's make this simple: They took a team that won 89 games last year, and added CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher and Andy Pettitte.
And anyway, who's better? I don't see the Rays being able to repeat their charmed season of 2008, in which their pitchers stayed remarkably healthy and everyone seemed to have career-years all at once. The Red Sox improved themselves in some smart, subtle ways, but they haven't filled their biggest need -- a big bopper to take some of the heat off David Ortiz. The Angels? Are they participating in this offseason, or did they decide to sit this one out?
3. Yeah, that's really going to happen.
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