This courtesy of SI.com columnist Jeff Pearlman:
1. Boston Red Sox—Oddly, I like their moves more than the Yankees. Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett.
2. Tampa Bay Rays—I smell a letdown. But not a huge one.
3. New York Yankees—They’re becoming the 1980s version of themselves, Remember Steve Kemp, Don Baylor, Roy Smalley, etc …
As I have said before, there are plenty of good reasons to pick the Yankees to finish third. You may not trust their rotation due to health concerns, or you may think that they did not do enough to address the offense, the team’s most glaring weakness from last season. What irks me is when people make predictions and judgments based on silly, unsupportable statements. Liking the Red Sox moves more than those of the Yankees is entirely indefensible. Sabathia, Burnett, and Teixeira are each coming off strong years, and all are in their prime. Smoltz and Penny are coming off surgery, and Penny was awful last season. The Red Sox signed a bunch of injured players hoping to win the lottery. While it is possible that things could all break in their way and Smoltz and Penny win plenty of games, there is no logical way to defend the statement that they could “easily win more” than Sabathia and Burnett. In fact, I would say that the odds suggest that Sabathia or Burnett alone could outwin the Red Sox duo.
Furthermore, I have no idea what the caption next to the Yankees means, and I would love if someone could explain it to me. The Yankees are turning into an 80′s version of themselves by bringing in good players in their prime? Just as an aside, the Yankees won more games than anyone in the 80′s (h/t comments at BBTF). If anyone could tell me who exactly is supposed to be the Baylor, Smalley, and Kemp on this team, kindly let me know.
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