Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Yanks Nab AL East with Teixeira

As I'm sure just about everyone in North America has heard by now, the Yankees made history by signing Mark Teixeira to a massive 8-year $180 million deal. This tremendous deal may be too much for the guy, but it cements another dangerous bat in the lineup. In addition, the Yankees gain a good fielder and prevent him from going to the Angels.

With Sabathia and Burnett in the rotation, the Yankees have essentially created a lock on the AL East in 2009. Only one more piece could be necessary to cement it. With Manny Ramirez and Ben Sheets still on the market, the Yanks picking up either would further bolster the team. Their lineup still lacks a little power, and Ramirez in the lineup would provide both power and contact. Unfortunately, Manny's immense ego and drama may get in the way of winning games. Not to mention a possible clash of personalities between him and A-Rod.

First, the Yankees must remember that pitching is the foundation of a great team. They've signed two of the best starters in the game today but should shore up the rest of the rotation. Wang could be hurt and Chamberlain is a question mark. Either re-signing Pettitte or signing the injury-prone Sheets could provide some comfort.

But the Red Sox need to be wary. There's a new (old) team in town.

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