• Recent Yanks Off-Season Shopping Sprees

    Posted by on December 28th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    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…

    Comments on Recent Yanks Off-Season Shopping Sprees

    1. Evan3457
      December 29th, 2008 | 12:52 am

      Well, it would be the 1st divisional title since 2006, and it would be the 1st playoff series win since 2004…

      …but I see what you mean.

    2. thenewguy
      December 29th, 2008 | 11:59 am

      Steve, let’s not forget that 2004 team was a few Mariano Rivera strikes away from getting to (and then easily winning) the World Series. Not exactly a terrible showing.

    3. YankCrank
      December 29th, 2008 | 2:42 pm

      I know people act like Rivera blew 2 games in the 04 ALCS, but if I remember correctly, he actually blew game 4 and then in game 5 came in with the tying run on 3rd and no outs that was inherited from Flash. Is that really a blown save when the runner wasn’t his?

      Or am I not remembering it correctly?

    4. Raf
      December 29th, 2008 | 3:19 pm

      Is that really a blown save when the runner wasn’t his?
      According to the save rules, yes.

      That was the game that Tony Clark hit the ground rule double (9th inning), causing Sierra to be held up @ 3b.

      They had a chance to take the lead the 13th as well, but couldn’t pull it off.

    5. jmeisner
      December 29th, 2008 | 5:59 pm

      can we please not talk about 2004

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