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Postby nsulham » Thu Dec 11, 2003 4:38 pm

Don't you people learn ANYTHING???

The Yankees will ALWAYS be considered the favorites to win the division, even in the year 2125.

(or so I've been told) ;-)

GO SAWX!!!
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Postby timkell » Thu Dec 11, 2003 4:44 pm

As a completely biased Yankee fan, I'd say this is in-accurate.

:-)

One thing to remember is the mid season deals, which the Yankees have never shied away from. They'll get what they need to make it a tight race regardless.

So, even if the Yankees sign Brown or Perez or Sheffield or Guerrero, whatever the roster is as of April 1, you can guarantee it will look different come September 1.

Likewise, if you do a player by player comparison of Yanks vs. Sox, there is no way you can say this is a slam dunk.

Yanks pitching staff is still solid, with two definite studs in Vazquez and Mussina. Contreras still may become the man if he can work on his control a little. He definitely has a devastating splitter, so there's much potential.

I still give the Yanks bullpen the advantage, now that they have Tom Gordon. Rivera and Gordon is a nice combo.

Let's assume Sox trade Nomar and Manny and get Arod:
Advantages:
Catcher: Yanks
First: Yanks
Second: Yanks by far
Short: Sox by far
Third: Sox
Left: Yanks
Center: Sox
Right: Yanks (whether it's sheff or vlad)
SP: Sox
RP: Yanks

This is far from a no-brainer. As people have said about the Braves for so long, until someone beats the Yanks, you gotta bet on them. For the Braves, it's time to stop the betting, but the Yankees are still tops in the East until proven otherwise, IMO.
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Postby nsulham » Thu Dec 11, 2003 4:49 pm

timkell wrote:One thing to remember is the mid season deals, which the Yankees have never shied away from. They'll get what they need to make it a tight race regardless.


I think this was mentioned before. You tell me who George has to move in July and I'll possibly agree with you.

He has NO prospects to deal. Who is he going to trade to get someone big in return? Soriano? That's about the only movable piece he'll have. I don't see any major mid-season moves for NY this time around.
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Postby timkell » Thu Dec 11, 2003 4:51 pm

Who is he going to trade to get someone big in return?


You ever hear of Ben Franklin? He's always a much needed commodity in July. Some team near last place will realize they're toast for the next couple of years, and they'll want to move a big contract.[/list]
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Postby nsulham » Thu Dec 11, 2003 4:54 pm

timkell wrote:
Who is he going to trade to get someone big in return?


You ever hear of Ben Franklin? He's always a much needed commodity in July. Some team near last place will realize they're toast for the next couple of years, and they'll want to move a big contract.[/list]


You mean a straight player-for-cash deal, like the Gabe White and Williamson deals?

I thought Selig frowned big-time on those?

Just curious.
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Postby timkell » Thu Dec 11, 2003 5:00 pm

Never straight player for cash. Just give some crappy prospect and pay the vet's salary.

You can never pay direct, but you can always take on additional salary.
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Postby mikcou » Thu Dec 11, 2003 5:05 pm

timkell wrote:Never straight player for cash. Just give some crappy prospect and pay the vet's salary.

You can never pay direct, but you can always take on additional salary.


I believe you can do a trade with just money for a player but most of those trades are for minor leaguers or bench players...
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Postby PresHabib » Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:13 pm

nsulham wrote:Don't you people learn ANYTHING???

The Yankees will ALWAYS be considered the favorites to win the division, even in the year 2125.

(or so I've been told) ;-)

GO SAWX!!!


Hahahaha, that was brilliant, I love it.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:56 pm

Just to change directions here a little bit....unless the O's sign Vlad...then TB will beat them out for 4th..... ;-)
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Postby Madison » Fri Dec 12, 2003 1:08 am

DieHardCubbie wrote:Just to change directions here a little bit....unless the O's sign Vlad...then TB will beat them out for 4th..... ;-)


Speaking of Vlad, now that I've recently acquired him in one of my keeper leagues :-B , I hope George decides to spite Sheff and put Vlad in pinstripes next year. :-D
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