Mariners Analysis

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

What will the Yankees do?

With the second half of the season about to begin, it's clear the team is being built around Wee-Willie as our SS of the future.

Think about how stupid that statement is, but that's where we are right now. I can only hope the roster we are seeing right now is due to change REAL FAST, because it is hard to get excited about the product on the field right now.

So while the M's ponder how they assembled one of the worst teams in franchise history, the hot topic of late has been Randy Johnson.

As in, how will the Yankees get him. A month ago it seemed crazy to think Randy would be going anywhere- he is the most important baseball figure in Arizona's short history- 4 Cy Youngs, 1 World Series title. With the perfect game this year, he at least gave the fans there something to get excited about. And yet, the rumors persisted he might get moved, and now this weekend Randy made it official.

Personally I think it's crazy for Arizona to move a pitcher of Randy's caliber. As we know all to well here, pitchers like Randy don't come along often. And when you trade someone like him, you are guaranteed to never get equal value in return. But now that Randy has publicly stated he would be okay with moving if it helped the team, this thing will become THE story until the July deadline.

So with Arizona needing to dump salary, which team will land him? It would seem NY is the logical place, with George ready to get down on all fours and beg everyone else to let him have Randy. But NY is in an interesting place- they have nothing to trade but money. The farm system is barren, and it's not clear how many team are able to take on Randy's salary right now.

Just think if Boston lands him. Let's say Randy lands in Beantown and the Sox take the wild card. Can you imagine Pedro, Curt and Randy in the playoffs? I'll bet Theo can. Just the fear of such a possibility will cause George to go crazy!

How can you not love as a baseball fan all the intriguing subplots that will fire up over the next couple of weeks? All kinds of crazy trade scenarios will be rumored to be true, and players feelings will get hurt (awww...)

So while NY has no real prospects, Boston has a better chance of offering something of value. The problem for Boston is they have real money issues- unlike NY, they actually have a budget. This could be an area where the M's get involved as a sub-player in the Randy swirl. The M's are in a position to take on money THIS YEAR.

This makes them a pretty unique team- very few teams can take on a contract right now. If the M's are smart, they will insert themselves in the NY-Boston Randygate scenario and see if they can take advantage.

If the M's don't get aggressive, all they need to do is look at their new SS to motivate them.