Yankees sign Joe Oliver for 1 year, $1 million
Signing catcher Joe Oliver to a
1-year, $1 million contract is another
intelligent move for the Yankees that gives them
insurance that they did not have last season. The
Yankees would have been in a lot of trouble last
season if Jorge Posada got hurt. Posada played in
all but 10 of the Yankees games last season and
caught in 142 of them. The workload hurt his
productivity down the stretch as the All-Star
catcher drove in only 6 runs the final month of
the season. With his veteran presence and ability
to call a good game, Oliver can fill in for a
while if Posada were to go on the disabled list,
something last years backup, Chris Turner,
wouldnt have been able to do. He hit 10
home runs in just 200 at bats last year with the
Mariners and Yankee Stadium is much more
conducive to his lefty swing than Safeco. Its the kind of move a team going for a
championship should make.
Triple Steal Rating: Triple
Yankees Team Page
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes
the team considerably better.
Home Run - A great move;
will help the team now and down the road.
Triple - A good move; plugs
a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double - An average move;
team will get what they paid for.
Single - A head-scratcher;
could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out - A panic move; tells
fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play - A disaster;
will make fans angry just thinking about it.