The drawbacks of Kevin Brown:
2) Injury risk
3) Moving from Dodger Stadium (baseball's best pitcher's park) to Yankee Stadium (a more neutral park)
4) High ground ball to fly ball ratio (3.04 to 1, last season) means more hits getting past no-range Derek Jeter than got past Izturis last season (Izturis is a much-better defensive shortstop despite what Tim McCarver thinks).
Benefits of Kevin Brown:
1) Peripheral numbers were still strong last season, at age 38 (7.9 K/9, 2.4 bb/9)
2) Awesome Yankees lineup should provide many wins if he stays healthy.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'