Finally proving that the “budget” does exist for the Yankees, New York have come to terms with outfielder Randy Winn on a 1 year deal thought to be worth around 2 million dollars according to Joel Sherman. My initial reaction was, “ugh.” But it only took a few minutes to settle down and think about the deal before I began to change my mind. So if you oppose the deal right now, I suggest you stay open and really think about it.
In signing Winn the Yankees have filled their desire for another outfield bat that would come fairly cheap. There were other options on the market for the Yankees to explore, and a couple names that come to mind are Johnny Damon and Reed Johnson. Damon as we know is still looking for a 7 million dollar deal, which I don’t think he’s going to find. Wow, Boras really screwed him up. Well, goodbye Johnny, we knew you well and I wish you good luck no matter where you end up (even if you have to sign with the Newark Bears). As far as Reed Johnson goes, the Yankees consider Randy Winn a better overall player than Reed Johnson, according to Sherman.
Now, time to analyze Randy Winn. Winn will be turning 36 years old this season so he’s not a youngster, but he has been pretty durable. Winn is a switch hitter with a career .286 average, and he plays pretty good defense. His career average UZR/150 for the outfield is 4.0, and last year he put up a 17.4 UZR/150 in right field (his primary position). He also played 54 games in left field last year and he posted an insane 40.6 UZR/150 out there, but keep in mind that is a small sample size. As far as wins above replacement, Winn’s average WAR is slightly above 3 which is pretty good. Last year Winn had a 1.9 WAR. So even in 2009 which was considered Winn’s bad year he was worth about 2 wins above replacement level. If he can provide that for the Yankees he will be providing more than enough. Overall, I like the move very much to get Winn, and I also hear he’s a great clubhouse guy which can’t hurt. So thumbs up for Brian Cashman.