We might be new kids on the block around here, but somebody thinks we have a clue what we're talking about.
The folks over at PhillySportsPost.com are doing team-by-team major league previews, and they asked both Travis and I for some input the other day.
Here's a look at one of the questions I was asked, along with my answer.
Please assign a letter grade to the Yankees’ offseason moves?
A-: As everyone knows, and many have whined about, the Yankees spent a ton of money in the off-season. The signings of CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett give them front-line starting pitching they didn't have in 2008. Re-signing Andy Pettitte was also huge, as it means they now have depth with Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves at AAA. Mark Teixeira was also a great get, especially since the Yankees have no other true, young, in their prime offensive players. Nick Swisher gives them flexibility, and a bat, off the bench they have been missing. Letting Bobby Abreu and Jason Giambi go were also smart moves, as it helped the Yankees get more flexible. The only demerit Brian Cashman gets is for not finding a better backup middle infielder than Cody Ransom or Angel Berroa, and the Yanks will pay for that with A-Rod hurt.
Be sure to go check out the full preview.