I Win!There is discussion pro and con about the signing. However, Earl puts the matter to rest:
Johnny Damon is a Yankee.
Well, you guys could argue about this forever, and there’s plenty I could add also, but it really comes down to one thing: the Steve-Phillips-O-Meter.Also, check out Andrew's five least-favourite Red Sox. I don't know where I'd rank him, but his #4 is probably on my list, too. ... I don't dislike Damon, but to be honest, I'll miss watching Bill Mueller more.
Steve Phillips thinks the Yanks made a great move.
Therefore, Andrew wins.
Also, someone commented today in the Mariners trade rumour thread about Bronson Arroyo, writing "Bronson is a great pitcher and has improved imensley over the past seasons he has been with the Red Sox. He will also keep improving."
I like Arroyo, too, but let's look at his two full seasons in Boston:
IP H BB K WHIP ERA ERA+ 2004 178.2 171 47 142 1.22 4.03 121 2005 205.1 213 50 100 1.30 4.51 98While Arroyo made more starts and pitched more innings in 2005, his H/9 rate has gone up, his K/9 has dropped (as has his K/BB ratio), and he's allowing more baseruners and runs. He is not improving.
Fact is, Arroyo wasn't even a league-average pitcher last year. I'd rather deal him than Clement (whose 2005 ERA+ was only 96, by the way).