Pretty remarkable change from the report by the Washington Times at 10AM this morning that the Red Sox had agreed in principle to a deal with Teixeira.
Oh well though, it hurts the Red Sox more than it helps the Yankees.
The line-up that Min0 posted isn't one that fears me:
Originally Posted by min0 lee
1. Johnny Damon, CF--lefty
2. Derek Jeter, SS--righty
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B--switch hitter
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B---righty
5. Hideki Matsui, DH---lefty
6. Xavier Nady, RF----righty
7. Jorge Posada, C----switch hitter
8. Robinson Cano, 2B-----lefty
9. Nick Swisher, LF----switch hitter
SP: CC Sabathia----he can actually hit
Teixeira and A-Rod are two sure things in that line-up and while they're both excellent players, the rest of the line up is uncharacteristically (for the Yankees) weak. Jeter isn't good. Matsui is coming back from a missed year. Xavier Nady is coming off a career year that he simply won't repeat. Posada can't catch. Cano is as inconsistent as they come, and Swisher (who I love) is pretty much the same.
Defensively speaking, the Yankees may have the worst line up ever assembled in the history of the game. Damon is a corpse in centerfield at this point in his career. Swisher isn't a plus outfielder. Cano and A-Rod were slightly below average infielders last year. Jeter is one of the worst defensive short stops in the game...
It'll be interesting to see how the Red Sox respond.
Go out and get one of the elite young catchers (Jarrod Saltalamacchia, TEX), sign Rocco Baldelli for fourth outfielder duties, go after pitching (Lowe, Smoltz, Peavy) and all will be fine.