The X-Factor Of The Yankees For 2010 Is... Randy Winn?

Jason KimCorrespondent IApril 4, 2010

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Randy Winn #22 of the New York Yankees poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 25, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Nope, you have not read the title wrong.

And yes, Randy Winn will be the X-Factor of the Yankees for the 2010 season.

The veteran outfielder was acquired this past offseason via free agency, to serve as the part time starter and 4th outfielder on the Yankees bench.

Yankees fans might ask, "how is Winn going to help?" He is.

Even after hitting 40 points lower from the 2008 season in the '09 season, he still hit 33 doubles. He is durable too, and still has some gas left in the tank for stealing bases. Not only is he a reliable backup, he will be a mentor to Brett Gardner, who will share the starting job with him.

Brett Gardner improved drastically from the '08 season.

Gardner can hit around .280, field the ball, throw like a canon, and is as fast as a cheetah. 

Winn is a experienced veteran, can still run, and get extra base hits. 

If it wasn't for Winn, Girardi's main option would have been Gardner for the starting job, but since he hasn't proved he can start everyday, Randy Winn will bring balance to this ballclub.

If these two players can do what they did in '09 this season, each batting around 300 times, Johnny Damon won't be missed.