Sure, it’s not even a month into the season and it’s far too early to judge any off-season moves. But why not do it anyway. Let’s take a look at how the Yankees off-season moves have panned out so far.
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And sure Granderson hit 30 HRs last year. Problem is, he batted a sad .249—the second year in a row his average dropped a sizeable amount. He also only slugged only .453, or about 50 points less than Matsui, or 2 points behind the light-hitting Jeter. His OPS+ was 100 even.
Normally teams that succeed as well as the Yankees did last year don’t perform so much maintenance on their roster, but apparently, the Yankees felt complacency wasn’t an option. The question is now, as we draw closer to “Pitcher & Catchers Reporting”, with all the changes, are the Yankees a better team than they were 3 months ago?
So, Cashman traded a blue-chip prospect, a former no. 1 draft pick who pitched well after arm surgery, an a reliable, young lefty coming out of the pen (lots of those around). All for a center field who gets paid very well and batted .249 last year. The Yankee outfield for 2010 now bats a combined .256. Sweet!!!