December 18, 2009

Yanks to sign Johnson, next up DeRosa?

If Twitter had a ‘like’ button, I would definitely have liked Buster Olney’s tweet this morning.

If Johnson passes physical,NYY will move on to next targets -- definitely a starting pitcher, and quite possibly Mark DeRosa, if $ are right

I like all three points he makes.

  1. The Nick Johnson signing secures the DH spot and helps bring back some of the offense lost from Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui. It does leave Melky Cabrera for left field, which wasn’t my preference, but it’s only a minor concern.
  2. Olney’s use of “definitely” excites me. There have been reports of the Yankees being “very interested” in Ben Sheets, so I’m guessing he’s going to be the guy. I would much rather have the big money go to Sheets than Damon. Cashman said Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes will be competing for one spot in the rotation, so that confirms the Yankees are seeking a deal.
  3. DeRosa is an interesting guy because he’s very versatile but also is looking for a big contract. Normally, big contracts go to guys at steady positions (Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, etc.).

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