Thursday, January 8, 2009
There are officially 36 days until Pitchers and Catchers report to spring training, and 98 days until the Yankees play their first regular season game at the new stadium.
Get excited, this is a very different looking Yankee team from a year ago. We're younger, better defensively, and did i mention younger?
We've said goodbye to several Yankee favorites like Mike Mussina and Jason Giambi (haven't yet given up hope on Andy Pettite). Other Yankees leaving the team include Bobby Abreu, Sidney Ponson, Darrel Rasner, Justin Christiansen, Shelley Duncan, Chris Britton and i almost forgot... Carl Pavano.
With the departures came the reinforcements, most notably Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia. Honorable mentions include AJ Burnett, Nick Swisher, Angel Berroa, Sergio Mitre and many more that arent coming to mind right now...
From the looks of it, the Yankees are far from finished, they still have a crowded outfield. If they are going to trade away one of their outfielders... i would say Hideki Matsui, but that is very unlikely. Reports are saying that the Yankees are accepting offers for only Nady and Swisher saying Damon won't be traded... he will deffinately be their leadoff guy for next year.
Personally, i would like to see Swisher traded over Nady--i think Nady has alot more to offer the Yankees. Swisher would be a great guy to have around the clubhouse, but i'd prefer Nady's bat to his.
Should be an interesting next few weeks for the Yankees and the rest of baseball, i'm excited to see how everything unfolds...
Now for your viewing pleasure... may i present to you... the dancing idiot:
She's got moves... i'll give her that.