Dayn Perry doesn't think Sabathia and Burnett will lead the Yanks to the post-season:
The New York Yankees — flush, as always, with resources and resolve —
have been this winter's most active team. But it hasn't been enough.
They've coughed up almost $250 million in an effort to revamp the
rotation, and they still might bring back Andy Pettitte. Even then,
though, the Yankees will remain a third-place team in baseball's
toughest division. To be sure, the additions of CC Sabathia and (if
healthy) A.J. Burnett make the Yankees a better club, but they still
haven't caught up to the Rays and Red Sox. More must be done, at least
if the Yankees are serious about making the post-season.
Perry thinks that the Bombers should sign Teixeira to put them over the top:
The heartening news for Yankee fans is that the organization seems to be aware of these weaknesses. According to some reports, they're in the mix for Mark Teixeira,
and given their needs that makes tremendous sense. Teixeira would give
the Yanks a high-OBP, high-power hitter in the middle of the lineup,
and he'd also improve that harped-upon infield defense. It's going to
cost a shiek's ransom to bring him to the Bronx, but the Yanks have the
dough and are already "pot committed" for 2009 and beyond. Now's not
the time for belated penny-pinching. In fact, no team in all of
baseball needs Teixeira more than the Yankees do.
I'd like to see an article by Perry examining both Boston's and Tampa's current 2009 rosters. Is the assumption that both teams are going to remain basically the same, if not better, than they were in 2008? I'm not suggesting anything either way but it seems a lot of pundits are taking it for granted that neither team will take a step back. Paul, get on it! I commission a study of Boston's chances of regressing in 2009!