Randy Winn is not the starting LF for NY
Note the following from Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Heyman:
Free agent Johnny Damon isn’t upset about being unemployed. Not at all. He is spending time with his four kids and he is staying in playing shape, waiting for the right call to come, from a team with a deal he likes.
“I know what kind of player I am. I know I’m a player who makes a difference and won’t back down,” Damon told SI.com by phone on Thursday.
That’s true in more ways than one.
And it’s apparently true for his former team, as well.
Neither side backed down in its belief regarding Damon’s value and yet neither compromised enough to make a deal happen that everyone figured would happen. The result is that the Yankees have Randy Winn — .158 hitter vs. left-handers last year — as a starting outfielder. And Damon still has to find work.
This notion that Randy Winn is now the team’s starting left fielder – that he is Johnny Damon’s replacement – is absurd. While I’m not sure how the left field situation will play out definitively, I know that there are currently two candidates to man the position and they are Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner. Winn is not yet in that conversation, although, if Brett Gardner struggles – assuming he receives the job – he could eventually enter the fold. For now, however, given his age and poor performance in 2009, he is on the outskirts looking in, and the 26-year old Gardner, with his spectacular speed and potentially golden glove, is a starting outfielder for the 2010 Yankees.
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