What are we going to do without Damon? Is Posada too old? How are we going to win without Matsui? What if Granderson strikes out too much?
WOW! It's not even March and already there is too much bickering about what the Yankees are doing. I for one am indifferent to Damon's signing. I think that if the Yankees get him for about $4-6 million on a one year deal then great but, he is not worth his current asking price and that is the reason he is still on the Free agent list.
Yankee fans were in an out cry that the Yanks let Jason Bay go to the Mets but, I for one don't think he fits the Yankees team profile. He is an average left fielder defensively (better than Damon) but at the plate he is about the same as Nick Swisher. He had 162 strikouts last year and hit a paltry .267. I no thanks and the Yanks agreed.
This team got younger and faster in the outfield and now has comperable speed to teams like Anahiem. Brett Gardner hit .291 vs lefties last year and if he can translate the spring training performance from last year to the regular season then he could be a great Center/Left fielder for the Yankees.
Nick Johnson in the lineup as the number two hitter makes perfect sense. A guy that has a .426 OBP and was hitting .291 between the Nationals and the Marlins should flourish in front of Teixeira and A-rod. Not to mention that he has more speed than Matsui's dead legs so there wont be as many easy double plays there.
Curtis Granderson is an amazing pick up for the Yanks. He is a career .272 hitter that should hit around 20 HRs and steal between 20-25 bases. He is also a terrific glove and has great speed in the outfield so that between him and Gardner there wont be any lost opportunities to make outs.
So with the defense in the outfield improved and two reigning gold glover's in the infield to back up a pitching staff that has gotten deeper and improved the bullpen I think that they Yankees streamlined the team this offseason and made it an even more formidable team to deal with.
I was sorry to see Matsui to go, and I have always liked Damon but, they are 36 and 37 this season. That's just not looking forward. So I say cheer up Yankee fans, every thing is gonna be just fine.