Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yanks Sign Randy Winn

Joel Sherman is reporting that the Yankees have reached and one-year agreement with outfielder Randy Winn, pending a physical. Sherman also tweets that the Yanks "considered Winn a better overall player than Reed Johnson, though Winn is not a good hitter from RH side" and believes Winn the last $2 million in the Yanks budget.

This would seem to officially end Johnny Damon's career in pinstripes.

The switch-hitter had a down year in '09 hitting .262/.318/.353 with 2 HR, 51 RBI, and 16 stolen bases in 149 games with the Giants. Unless he can regain his 2008 form when he hit .306/.363/.426 with 10 HR, 64 RBI, and 25 steals. I'm guessing he'll start the season splitting time with Brett Gardner until one of them proves they deserve more playing time. He'll get most of his time in one of the corner outfield spots where he has been very good throughout his career.

I'm not sure how much the 35-year-old has left, but it's a pretty good move for the Yanks, who continue to improve their team defense, specifically in the outfield.

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