Going, Going, Gone

The Yanks and Sox have, arguably, improved. And Nomar and Jose both needed a change of scenery, for the good of all. But if we look past the hype and the dollar signs, it’s hard not to see this as a sad day. We can only imagine the mood in the respective clubhouses. Nomar—Nomah, for God’s sake; the face of the Sox—has played his last game for Boston. The Derek vs. Nomar rivalry is done. And so much for that classic SNL sketch.

In NY, the great Contreras experiment is over, with all parties disappointed in the outcome. Will Jose ever develop into the player he was said to be in the first place? The answer, apparently, is “probably not.” And while $32 million may soften that blow—for Jose if not the Boss—it is nonetheless an unpleasant realization.

What more can we say? Farewell and Godspeed.

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  • For the record, YF’s abridged analysis of the deals:
    The Yanks: They’re going to pay a lot of cash, and Loaiza is no ace, but he should be a decent back-of-the-rotation starter capable of putting up enough decent innings to get the Yanks through to the playoffs in good order. Not a big improvement, but an improvement, and one that will ease pressure on a pen that also has the prospect of Karsay returning.
    The Sox: They were a terrible defensive team; now they have three gold gloves on the infield and a first baseman who walks plenty and doesn’t strikeout. While they didn’t add a pitcher, the improved infield should be a boon to Lowe. And they didn’t take on any ungainly contracts.

    YF July 31, 2004, 6:17 pm

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