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A Win-Win

With both C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett seemingly in the loving embrace of the Steinbrenners, one thing has become clear: the Yankees fear full names. I always knew J.D. Drew wasn't a Red Sox at heart.

The signing of these two marquee starters is really a rare moment in that it's both good for the Yankees and the Red Sox. We knew that the Yankees would spend enough money to retool their team and be right back in the thick of the pennant race next year. I never believed the idea that distaste for the Yankees organization or something evil in the Bronx air would truely keep marquee free agents from signing with the Empire. They are willing to over pay and, more relevent to this situation, over extend in terms of contract length. Who signs an oft-injured 31-year old righty power pitcher for 5 years? Burnett's arm may have to be stappled on by the time he throws his last pitch in the House that Ruth Had Nothing to Do With. He doesn't strike me as Mussina-esque, succeeding on smarts and guile (what is that??) after your "talent" has fadded. And C.C. signed for 7 years? He'll be 35-years old and 340 lbs by the point his contract expires. The Yankees can afford to waist money on those likely-lost years.

This is good news for the Sox too, as Chad Finn blogged recently on one of the Globe's blogs. The reason is that the Yankees will be much less motivated to go for Teixeira now that they have bolstered they rotation this much. The Sox don't need these pitchers and they do really need a new middle-of-the-lineup bat like Tex's. Yes, it would have been best if the Sox got their guy and the Yankees signed Bernie Williams and a can of beans, but then again, this is reality... or sports.

If the Sox don't get Tex now, this is bad. But, their best chance to get their boy has come to fruition. Ideally, they bring in Tex, we cry over Lowell leaving, Youk goes to third, Papi has another productive year or two before he goes the way of Mo Vaugn, then he's replaced by Lars Anderson. We'll see. But the chances did just get better.

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