Just when we were about to tip our cap to the Yankee front office for smartly not giving away their store of minor league talent, such as it is, and for acquiring Darrell May (now scheduled to start for the DLed Pavano) and Tim Redding (potentially big up side) for fading Paul Quantrill, Bronx Banter‘s Cliff Corcoran chimes in with this icey dose of reality:
It’s worth noting that the Yankees’ two free agent pitching signings are currently on the DL with shoulder problems (this after one of them failed his physical prior to the finalizing of his contract). Their intended second baseman was bumped from his position by a 22-year-old minor leaguer after a month and has now been (miraculously) benched in favor of a 20-year-old kid who spend all last year in A-ball. Their utility infielder is also on the DL, as is one of their two bullpen acquisitions, the other of which they designated for assignment last week and will have to release this weekend if they cannot deal him in a trade. Other than Randy Johnson and Tino Martinez, the only off-season additions that are currently on the Yankees 25-man roster are spring training non-roster invitees Russ Johnson and Buddy Groom, and Wayne Franklin, a free agent signed to a minor league deal who wasn’t even invited to spring training. The 2004-2005 offseason has to go down as one of the worst winters in Yankee history.
Sometimes, as they say, you can’t win for losin’.