So here we are again with not even the slightest bit of news besides the fact that Yankee tickets go on sale to the general public on December 16th and that some ticket prices have been raised (once again) from last season. Oh, and that ridiculous story that Joe Torre "considered" moving Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez to center field instead of trying to secure Brian Giles or just settling with Bubba Crosby. The media has been so desperate for news on the Bronx Bombers that they failed to mention that Torre also considered Mariano Rivera for the job. In other words, yes, he may have thought about the possibility, but you would have to be pretty naive to believe that there is a serious possibility of this happening. Then again, you never know with old George, now do you?
On the other hand, Omar Minaya and the New York Mets have been quite busy turning themselves into a serious contender for the 2006 season. First they landed Carlos Delgado and now Billy Wagner has signed on as the new closer. And they're still looking to secure a second baseman, a catcher (though some have suggested the team might just keep Ramon Castro), AND perhaps Manny Ramirez. If all goes according to plan, the Mets could really be a force in the N.L. East next year.
So you tell me: Is no Yankee news good news? The fact that they're sticking to their word and that Robinson Cano and Chien Ming Wang are still on the team is encouraging, but not every fan would agree with me. So many fans feel that the Yanks have to "respond" to the Mets and the Red Sox's off season moves with a big trade, and many of these same fans are faulting the front office for not securing A.J. Burnett by giving the Marlins what they were interested in, namely, Cano and Wang. Now hang on a second! Haven't we fans been cursing the organization the past few years for trading away their young prospects and future stars for older, more established but rarely compatible players? So why would we want to give up our future talent for Burnett (who could quite easily be the 2006 version of Carl Pavano; in other words, a bust) and Mike Lowell of all people? Ah, but if we had made that deal, Burnett could be the number three starter on the team, Lowell could play third, and A-Rod could make yet another position transition and play center field! That is the strange logic I seem to be hearing lately...
Anyway, one day in the near future, the New York Yankees will do SOMETHING (I hope), so check back later!