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Boston's postseason success at New York's expense means the Yankees are even more driven than normal to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Last year, all they did was trade for Alex Rodriguez, Javier Vazquez and Kevin Brown. Humiliated in October, this winter they not only have signed 15-game winner Jaret Wright and 18-game winner Carl Pavano, they're negotiating with Carlos Beltran and still trying to acquire Randy Johnson.
I'm just waiting for them to hold a press conference to introduce their new outfielder, Roy Hobbs. That proposed three-team, 10-player Johnson trade was as confusing as the instruction manual to my new DVD recorder. (Anyone who wants five hours' worth of Weather Channel broadcasting for the afternoon of Dec. 18, give me a call.) I listened to the news reports, heard the rumors and studied the documents submitted to the commissioner's office. I thought I had it all figured out. But there was one thing that still perplexed me: How come the Yankees weren't going to get Barry Bonds included in the deal, too? I mean, if the Yankees had pulled this trade off, they would have had a starting rotation of Johnson, Mike Mussina, Pavano, Wright and Kaz Ishii, with Brown available in the bullpen in case they need something broken in the clubhouse. And if they sign Beltran, he'll join a lineup that already has Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams, plus Jason Giambi, in case he ever finds a uniform that isn't too baggy for him. Following the details of the Johnson trade was as daunting as figuring out the plot to "The Matrix 3." Completing it would have required -- and I'm not making any of this next part up -- Vazquez flying from the island of St. John to Los Angeles for a physical, Brad Penny returning from the mountain he had been climbing for a physical, Johnson and Shawn Green both agreeing on contract extensions and Bud Selig approving the whole deal.
|Yankees fans are eyeing a return to glory with Randy Johnson leading the way.|