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State of the Empire Address
by Tony Aubry, BaseballEvolution.com
August 1, 2006


No Yankee Chronicles this week. Why? You ask? Well, not much has changed. The Yankees took five out of six from the D-Rays, and Rangers, which is nothing new, and booing A-Rod continues to be the biggest fad since the Pokemon craze of the late 90’s. HOWEVER, there was one itsy, bitsy addition to the team, and his name is Bobby Abreu.

Abreu, along with Lidle, came to the Yankees for four minor leaguers. Many people like it, many people don’t. I fall into to group that likes it. People are complaining about his recent power outage. Since he put on a show at the homerun derby he has only hit 14 HR. Well, so what? He continues to be an on-base machine. He will drive in 100 and score 100. He plays a good right field and has a gun attached to his right shoulder. So what’s not to like? Well, that’s a question I can’t answer, because there isn’t anything I don’t like.

Well what about the “feel good story of the year?” You know the Cabreras, the Phillips’s and the Guiels of the Yankee world. Some Yankee fans might be upset that they won’t be playing as much, and the Yankees won’t be as fun and “lovable” as they have been the past few months. I certainly don’t fall into the category. Guiel has been designated for assignment, and the Yankees have traded Chacon for Craig Wilson, who is a huge upgrade from Andy Phillips. Now that the Yankees have added Abreu to their roster they’re a better team offensively and defensively, and I’m all in favor of making your team better, no matter how you do it.

Just imagine how the Yankees’ lineup is going to look like if Sheffield, Matsui, and Cano come back:

  1. Damon
  2. Jeter
  3. Giambi
  4. A-Rod
  5. Abreu
  6. Sheffield
  7. Matsui
  8. Posada
  9. Cano

 

I’m sorry, I think the '27 Yankees are the best team of all time, but their lineup doesn’t hold a candle to this one.

Another thing that Yankee fans have been saying is, “Why did they get Lidle and his 4.77 ERA, too? Well, he’s not going to be their number one starter, or number two, or number three. He’s going to be their number four or five guy. How many number four starters have an ERA below 4.50 this year? I’m going to assume not too many when the league’s ERA is 4.60. The Yankees only have 9 wins from their numbers four and five starters this year. Lidle has 8 alone. Also, Lidle has failed to pitch 6 innings only 3 times this year, something Wright and Chacon haven’t been able to do in their starts.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox did absolutely nothing to upgrade their pitching, which is suspect to say the least. This makes the Yankee acquisitions even more critical. The Yankees added a bat, a valuable utility player, and something to clog up a leaking back end of the rotation. Those were the three main problems that New York needed to address, while Boston addressed none of their own. In my eyes, the Yankees are now the team to beat in the A.L East.

Hopefully these key acquisitions will stop the nay-sayers (ie: Keith) from thinking the Yankees are going to be the odd team out of the playoffs this season.




Disagree with something? Got something to add? Wanna bring up something totally new? Tony Aubry lives in Queens, New York, and can be reached at tony@baseballevolution.com.


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