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February 6th, 2005 · 3 Comments

Johnson: The Big Unit gives the Yankees the bona fide No. 1 starter they were desperately missing in the ALCS against the Red Sox. Johnson will love the run support his new team will surely give him, making him a surefire bet for a 20-win season.

Pavano: The right-hander hit the jackpot after a breakout year with the Marlins, signing a four-year deal with the Yankees. Pavano may be getting top-of-the-rotation money, but the 29-year-old won’t have to be any more than the No. 3 starter.

Wright: A year in Atlanta rejuvenated the right-hander’s career, prompting the Yankees to sign him to a three-year contract. Wright will be the No. 4 or 5 starter, so the pressure won’t be what it was last year with the Braves.

Stanton: The Yankees never replaced him with another reliable lefty after he left in the winter of 2002, so Stanton returns in 2005 as the team’s only southpaw reliever.

Felix Rodriguez: Although Stanton is the bullpen’s only lefty, Rodriguez may emerge as a specialist against left-handed hitters, as his .192 opponents’ batting average against lefties is nt.

Martinez: The Yankees let Martinez leave after 2001 in order to sign Giambi. Now, Martinez returns to play first as Giambi works his way back from injury and controversy.

Womack: The veteran second baseman replaces Miguel Cairo, giving the Yankees a little more speed at the top (or bottom) of the batting order.

Rey Sanchez: He steps into the utility infielder role occupied by Enrique Wilson since 2001.

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