“Zero,” a Yankees official said yesterday of said impact.
The same for Mark DeRosa’s signing earlier this week for the Giants. Bay, who signed for four years and $66 million and DeRosa, inked to a two-year, $12 million deal, were both far beyond what the Yankees are looking to spend to plug their hole in left.
And, yes, that also applies to Matt Holliday, who people continue speculating about as a possibility when he really isn’t.
The Yankees' intent is still to bring in someone before spring training, whether by trade or by signing a budget-friendly free agent. Think a Randy Winn, Reed Johnson or even Jerry Hairston Jr., who proved more than serviceable last season.
Bottom line: the team the Yankees will send out in 2010 to defend the title they won in 2009 is just about set. At least in terms of the big pieces.