Yankees re-sign Paul O'Neill for 1 year, $6.5 million
ONeill has been a Yankee since 1993, and
his trade from the Reds for Roberto Kelly was one
of the turning points in starting this
championship run for the Yankees. His production
fell off greatly at the end of last season as he was hampered by
injured hip, but he
was healthy by the World Series and his
outstanding performance saved his Yankee career. ONeill
re-signed for $6.5 million, which is
what he made last season. However, with $3
million being deferred over 10 years, the
contract is worth $5 million in real
terms. Despite his poor performance down the
stretch, ONeill still drove in 100 runs for
the season and plays high-quality defense. The
Yankees will probably cut down some on his
playing time in what will be ONeills
final season, which should help keep him healthy. This was a deal that was done out of loyalty just
as much as out of good baseball sense. Either
way, it was a good move and the right move for
the Yankees to 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.