I want to reiterate on the front page that I’ve come off the fence and into the pro-J.D. Drew camp. At 4 years, $56 million with a fifth-year option, Drew comes at roughly the same price as Johnny Damon, but with better defense and more power. He also comes with injury concerns, but those that are of the greatest concern — the chronic kind — will be four years old on Opening Day. As a replacement for Trot Nixon (which is what he is), he is an excellent choice.
The Boston Herald continues to push the Manny-to-Dodgers meme (the Globe has adopted the Padres as the suitor of choice), noting that the Sox will need to have Jonathan Broxton in any deal. That would be the 6-foot-3, 290-pound 21-year-old who struck out 11.44 per 9 innings in 68 games last season. Such a deal could lead to a rash of cheesy baseball cards touting the "Three Johns" — Papelbon, Lester and Broxton.
How boring is the offseason for the Yanks? Bronx Banter tried to get comments on the upcoming winter meetings, and it turned into a bitch-fest about the new Stadium. Peter Abraham posted about his trip to Orlando for the meetings, and all he could do was ask people what was on their iPods.
The New York Post says the Yankees will entertain trade offers for Kyle Farnsworth at the meetings but gives us nothing concrete. It also says Cashman won’t sign Barry Zito for six years at $15 million per — which means Cashman won’t be signing Zito, and Omar Minaya probably will. Interesting final sentence from George King: "Their current rotation makes a lot of people nervous when it comes to competing with the Red Sox during the regular season, never mind the postseason."
It doesn’t sell papaers, but the Daily News has the most realistic assessment of the Yanks’ off-season: "[I]s it possible that for the first time since signing Mike Mussina six years ago, this is the offseason the Yankees actually don’t add another superstar to their long list of marquee names? … [W]ith no significant need for a position player, and a mindset not to overpay for less-than-dominant starting pitching … this could be a quiet winter meetings."