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Happy New Year
Posted By Alex Belth On December 31, 2004 @ 9:51 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
The Yankees and Diamondbacks  agreed in principle  to a trade yesterday  that would bring Randy Johnson  to the Bronx and send Javier Vazquez , Brad Halsey, Dioner Nararro and between eight and nine million in cash to Arizona . There will be plenty of “The Rich Get Richer”  articles wailing about how unfair, or just plain absurd it all is. And why not? These kind of pieces while obvious and easy are based in truth, especially when you consider that the Yankees’ pitching staff will make more than the entire payrolls of some teams. Here’s Murray Chass , for starters:
This is what happens when the Yankees don’t win the World Series for four consecutive years. Losing breeds big eyes and bigger paychecks for other players. Steinbrenner’s soldiers are ordered to find superstars who will enhance the team’s chances of getting to and winning the World Series. Damn the dollars, full speed ahead.
Ever since Ban Johnson introduced the Highlanders, spending and spending some more has been a time-honored Yankee tradition. And so has bitching about it.
If the Johnson signing becomes official next week, the Big Unit will be reunited with his former Seattle teammate, Tino Martinez , who apparently will be back with the Yanks  next season. Martinez is close with Derek Jeter  and Jorge Posada . According to Buster Olney , he was a legitimate clubhouse leader during the 96-01 championship run, even though his coaches and manager were never especially in love with him. I have to admit I feel funny about Tino’s return. While I always liked him, I wonder if this is a “You Can’t Go Home Again” scenerio. Maybe, I’m reading too much into it, but is bringing Martinez–a hyper competitive player–back going to undermine Jason Giambi ‘s attempts to get his career back in gear? Perhaps the Yankees are still hoping that they can rid themselves of Giambi before the season. How I don’t know. Maybe they think that Tino will help motivate him. Who can say. I know that Martinez is probably as good a back-up as Tony Clark  was last year, even though Tino has never been a bench player before. What do you guys think, will Martinez have a positive, negative or benign impact on the 2005 team?
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URLs in this post:
 Yankees and Diamondbacks: http://www.baseballmusings.com/archives/008191.php
 agreed in principle: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/31/sports/baseball/31johnson.html?oref=login
 a trade yesterday: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/266952p-228675c.html
 Randy Johnson: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?statsId=4288
 Javier Vazquez: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?statsId=5947
 Arizona: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/37488.htm
 “The Rich Get Richer”: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=schoenfield/041231
 Murray Chass: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/31/sports/baseball/31chass.html
 Tino Martinez: http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/news/mlb_news.jsp?ymd=20041230&content_id=926400&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp
 the Yanks: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/266956p-228678c.html
 Derek Jeter: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?statsId=5406
 Jorge Posada: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?statsId=5502
 Buster Olney: http://bronxbanter.baseballtoaster.com/archives/015269.html
 Jason Giambi: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?statsId=5386
 Tony Clark: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?statsId=5513
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