The Airing of Grievances
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Unit On The Way To The Boogie Down

According to the NY Daily News, the deal is done. The Yanks will be giving up Javy Vazquez, Dioner Navarro as well as Eric Duncan for Randy Johnson and Kaz Ishii. And considering that I'm firmly embedded in the "win now" camp, I absolutely love the deal. Yes, they're giving away two of the very limited farm chips that they have (Navarro and Duncan) and yes, maybe Javy shines again away from the spotlight (because lord knows he suffered from deer-in-the-headlightsitis more than just about any New York athlete ever) or maybe, but very doubtfully, he would have put it together here, but without question, this makes the Yankees significantly better going into 2005. They've gotta be heavily favored to take home the hardware. If they pick up Beltran too, fuggheddaboutit.

A few additional points. First, if Johnson stays healthy (a big if) he wins at least 25 games. Second, for those bitching about the Yanks and their embarassment of riches, I say to you, quite simply, don't hate the playa, hate the game. Third, I'm pretty sure that Derek Jeter's status as matinee idol of the Yankees is pretty much secure. Egads.
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