One Player Makes Yankees AL East Favorites?? No Way Jose.
ESPN NEW YORK usually makes a lot more sense than this article does. Read this excerpt and remember that it was only ONE PLAYER the Yankees acquired that made all all the difference in the world to Mathews. Now they're the AL East favorites? Total BS from Wallace Mathews and espn north dot com. Here you go, edited for space...
"If it were possible to win a division in January, then the Yankees would be American League East champions today. That's how good a pickup Rafael Soriano looks like from the vantage point of a mid-winter's day, before a single pitch has been thrown or a single game has been played. Obviously, there is a long way to go between now and Opening Day 2011, and even longer between then and the crowning of baseball's next world champion. Already, the dynamic of the AL East -- baseball's most competitive division -- has been greatly altered from last year. The 2010 champion Tampa Bay Rays have been significantly weakened by the loss of Carl Crawford and now Soriano. The Boston Red Sox, also-rans last year, are back in the mix with the addition of Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, plus the presumed return to health of the squadron of players that went down last year. But no team addressed a key weakness as effectively as the Yankees did with the signing of Soriano, who not only solves an immediate problem -- who will pitch the eighth inning in 2011? -- but might also solve an even bigger one in the future: namely, who will pitch the ninth after Mariano Rivera says farewell?"
The Boston Red Sox have already thought of that. Jonathon Papelbon has TWO guys who can step in already on the staff. So it seems Mr. Mathews has had his head in the sand. This has been a quick example showing who's thinking and who's not. The answer here is obvious.
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