HERE, and has a list of which teams did exactly that this off season. Look, my take on "risks" is easy, assume every signing a "risk." You don't truly know who will perform in a positive way all season long... it's a silly question, and it's just something to chat about because the off season has been quiet the past 10 days.
The only reason why I even bring it up is because of course, the New York Yankees are on that list. In a nutshell, Bowden is suggesting that the Yankees should have never let Nick Swisher and Russell Martin walk and shouldn't have signed Ichiro Suzuki and Kevin Youkilis in their places. Well... um... no kidding Jim, but what's done is done.
Nick Swisher clearly didn't fit their mold anymore. So yes, they're taking a risk, but how do we know that Ichiro Suzuki platooning all three outfield spots and the Yankees possibly signing another right fielder with alittle pop (which is what Cashman wants to do if you read Feinsand's Tweet from last week) a bad thing? For all we know it could be the perfect fit for the Yanks. And for the record, I don't consider Ichiro a risk... I consider him skilled. He's also an upgrade to Swisher in the outfield, minus the power.
Austin Romine or Francisco Cervelli aren't going to have great breakout seasons? We don't know.
Youk... yeah, he's the biggest risk out there... but he's also the biggest gamer I've ever seen and I look forward to rolling the dice on him. I think he'll be a nice fit in New York.
I don't know, I appreciate Jim Bowden a lot, but this is a guess. We don't know if the Yankees will fail because of non-movement on Swisher and Martin. I guess it's obvious that it's a risk... but it's also baseball, a business and the Yankees know the moves they need to make that are within their comfort zone, that's all.
In fairness, Bowden also looked at the Reds and the Tigers with analysis on risks.
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