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Yanks Dump Unit (Finally)
By mvyb, 05.01.2007, 19:44

Remember our excitement two years ago when the Yankees made a blockbuster trade for Randy Johnson? It was all over ESPN and the internet blogging world.  It even made the front page of my local newspaper here in the Garden State. Yankee fans rejoiced and the players themselves could almost feel a new ring on their finger.
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And where did all our hopes and dreams go? Down the drain...
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So this news, which would have depressed us two years ago, actually brings us happiness and hope for next season.
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According to details, the Yanks have shipped the Big Unit to Arizona in return for middle reliever, Luis Vizcaino and minor leaguers- (P) Ross Ohlendorf, (P)Steven Jackson, and (SS) Alberto Gonzalez. The way I see it, New York got rid of an aging, inconsistent starter and came away with several new young players. Definitely a great move.
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First of all, the Yankees have plenty of pitchers capable of starting in Johnson's place- Kei Igawa, Darrel Rasner, Jeff Karstens, Humberto Sanchez, Phil Hughes (and possibly Roger Clemens). And secondly, the Yankees need a reliever, not only to boost the 'pen but also to alleviate Scott Proctor's tremendous workload.
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I want to take a quick look at the players who came over to New York in this trade: Luis Vizcaino is a decent, right-handed reliever who pitched in 70 games last year. He struck out 72 batters while walking only 29, and allowed 51 hits in 65 innings of work. Alberto Gonzalez (23) was one of the best players in the Southern League last year, batting .290 and playing an above-average defense. Ross Ohlendorf, a former fourth round pick out of Princeton, had a solid season in '06. Steve Jackson (24) held a 2.65 ERA (second best in the Arizona Fall League) and held opponents to a .239 batting average. For more on these players, visit The Journal News.
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The Yanks have done very well this offseason, in my opinion. They've dumped the two biggest thorns in the clubhouse (Gary Sheffield and RJ) and stockpiled their once depleted minor league system with future stars. Last year, the Yanks had all the parts to win the Series, but were lacking determination, guts, and team chemistry. With Sheffield and Johnson gone, and Pettitte back in pinstripes, the Yanks are just about ready to take on 2007.

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