The Yankees’ Winn

Yes, I went there. Now you’ll be hearing John Sterling in your head the rest of the day. You’re welcome.

Anyway, the newest Yankee got on the horn with the Associated Press‘ Janie McCauley out in the Bay Area, where Randy Winn still calls home. But soon enough it will be New York, and Winn said that he is looking forward to getting started with the Bombers in Spring Training.

“They’re the World Series champions from last year and I have a chance to
compete and get some playing time,” Winn said. “I
thought it was a great fit, being a versatile guy who can play all three
outfield positions and can hit anywhere in the lineup.”

The AP story brings up an interesting point – not only will Winn be challenging Brett Gardner for playing time, but he can also serve as a mentor for the speedster. For all the hand-wringing that Winn isn’t Johnny Damon, he has still compiled a serviceable big league career and should be able to help the Yankees as at least the fourth outfielder.

Hey, speaking of Winn and former Giants, Rich Aurilia isn’t ready to retire and wants to play with his buddy on the Yankees — or so he tells Andrew Baggarly. What say you, fans?

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Outfield concerns! Can Miranda or J. Vazquez play the corner OF posts? It would be a tremendous benefit to them and the Yankees if they could. Are the Yankees interested in the newest Cuban defector, Jose Ruiz? Even though he’s a 1B the article I read says he can also play the corner OF posts.
The Yankees are in pretty good shape in the OF for the ’10 season but need to look to the future.

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Rich Aurilia would be a nice pickup, but either way, the absence or presence of a certain utility infielder won’t be the difference between repeating or not repeating. I would welcome it, but I’m also looking forward to the Yankees’ annual in-season acquisitions. Winn should have a pretty nice season in New York, batting almost exclusively against righties and with Derek Jeter hitting behind him.

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I don’t think they will trade Gaudin — in fact, if Chamberlain & Hughes don’t excel, I think you can do just fine with him as the No. 5. I could be wrong, but I think Mitre is the guy who’d move. His contract is for $850,000 and it’s not guaranteed. He’d be a good gamble for a NL team seeking a No. 4.

If Spring Training breaks and Johnny Damon remains unemployed, that won’t make Scott Boras look great.

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I agree. I think Pena has to be considered the favorite heading into camp, no?

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With Corona, Nunez, and Pena ready as backup infielders, there’s no room for Richie!

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