• Yanks Sign Randy Winn

    Posted by on January 27th, 2010 · Comments (53)

    Per Greg Cohen:

    Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yankees have reached and one-year agreement with outfielder Randy Winn.

    Four years ago, I would have been happy with this move. But, now, Winn is a 36-year old OF who posted an OPS+ of 75 last season. Yes, seventy-five.

    I know what the Yankees are thinking here – that Winn, the last few seasons before 2009, has hit LHP pitching pretty well. But, can he rebound do it again in 2010? Time well tell…

    Comments on Yanks Sign Randy Winn

    1. MJ
      January 28th, 2010 | 1:01 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Assuming there were only two choices for the Yanks — Johnson or Damon — and Johnson had signed elsewhere, I still don’t see the leverage Boras would have over the Yankees if no other team made a concrete offer to his client.

      Remember, as of yesterday afternoon, the Yanks were the only team that had made any public offers to Johnny Damon, first for 2Y/$20M, then for 2Y/$14M. I fail to see Boras’s leverage in the scenario you’ve created.


      Evan3457 wrote:

      I can’t think of another hitter on the market (besides Johnson) with that skill at that level for that price.

      The following 10 playes were free agents with an OBP over .355:

      Marco Scutaro
      Hideki Matsui
      Felipe Lopez
      Adam LaRoche
      Nick Johnson
      Orlando Hudson
      Matt Holliday
      Chone Figgins
      Johnny Damon
      Jason Bay

    2. Evan3457
      January 28th, 2010 | 10:05 pm

      Cross off:

      Scutaro (not signing to DH, offense likely headed for a dropoff in 2010 as 2009 was a career outlier)

      Matsui (didn’t trust his knees to keep him originally, and signed quickly with the Angels, so he was no longer on the table by late December).

      Lopez (career OBP of .338; not signing him for DH, desire from year-to-year questionable)

      LaRoche (career OBP .343, more like a #6 hitter than a #2 hitter)

      Orlando Hudson (not signing him for DH, he’s not signing to back up Cano)

      Matt Holliday (too expensive, obviously)

      Chone Figgins (ditto)

      Jason Bay (ditto, ditto)

      ….and you’re back to Damon and Johnson.

    3. Evan3457
      January 28th, 2010 | 10:10 pm

      Again, the leverage is simply this: with Johnson off the market, there is no other #2 type high OBP hitter available for anywhere near that price. Boras would know this, and wait until the Yanks were desperate.

      It is the Yanks’ need to win every season that creates the organization mania about not leaving holes in the lineup and rotation (i.e., they bid against themselves, and there need not be another offer).

      Whether Cashman could’ve waited longer for Damon under those circumstances is debateable. Maybe he would’ve.
      LaRoche was a possible alternative. Is he better than Johnson? Maybe. I don’t know. More durable, certainly. It would appear he was not the type of hitter the Yanks were looking for. They never seriously considered him. Not sure why.

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