Apparently, the New York Yankees have signed free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira. Already this off-season, they've signed pitchers C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.
The Yanks have reportedly committed about $400 million to these three players! In about three or four years, I suspect, the team will not want to be paying at least one of these contracts.
However, M.C. Teixeira is an excellent hitter in his prime. He'll be 28 in April.
Sabathia is a former Cy Young winner who will turn 28 in July. He does have quite a bit of mileage on his arm.
Burnett will be 32 in a couple of weeks and he has an injury history, but he should have a couple of good seasons in him.
The Yankees also traded for Nick Swisher (losing only Wilson Betemit), who could be a terrific acquisition if he bounces back from a bad season.
These transactions would seem to make the Yankees a pretty good team again, even with the decline of Derek Jeter (and others), the retirement of Mike Mussina, and the failed development of Melky Cabrera.
It looks like Yankee haters can return to form in 2009. It's harder to care when the team finishes third, with only 87 wins as calculated by the pythagorean method.
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