So, the Yankees have made a big splash this off-season, in terms of retooling their roster, picking up Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.
But, this is not the only recent off-season where the Yankees went out and grabbed a bunch of “name” players from other teams to add to their roster. Just for the fun of it, here are some other off-seasons external talent grabs by the Yankees since 2001-2002:
2001-2002: Added Steve Karsay, Jason Giambi, Rondell White, and David Wells.
2002-2003: Added Hideki Matsui, Todd Zeile, Jon Lieber, and Jose Contreras.
2003-2004: Added Kevin Brown, Tom Gordon, Javier Vazquez, Paul Quantrill, Gary Sheffield, Kenny Lofton and Alex Rodriguez.
2004-2005: Added Carl Pavano, Tony Womack, Jaret Wright, and Randy Johnson.
2005-2006: Added Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Myers, Johnny Damon and Octavio Dotel.
2006-2007: Added Andy Pettitte, Kei Igawa, Luis Vizcaino and Doug Mientkiewicz.
2007-2008: Added LaTroy Hawkins and Morgan Ensberg.
It’s pretty clear that the package brought in this off-season is the best since what came in during the off-season of 2003-2004 in terms of the number of names with star power. Let’s just hope that 2009 doesn’t end the same way for New York as 2004 did…