Transaction Analysis

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 year’s backup, Chris Turner, wouldn’t 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.  It’s the kind of move a team going for a championship should make.

Triple Steal Rating: Triple

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
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.

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