I realize many out there may be upset about losing Johnny Damon. I liked him a lot, personally, but there are two reasons why I don't mind losing him. The first is age. While I think Damon will still be productive next season, I can't guarantee it. The second and main reason, however, is that a big part of the reason we lost Damon is that we traded for Javy Vazquez, thus taking on his $12M contract, limiting our budget for Damon. No one, and I mean no one, has ever gotten bounced from the playoffs and said, "Left fielding determines championships and we just didn't have the left fielding."
Javy is a huge addition to what was essentially a three man rotation. He makes our pitching much deeper. Let's face it, we won the World Series with a three-man rotation only because the Phillies tried to beat us with a one-man rotation (Cliff Lee). One has to assume that we will play teams in the playoffs with more than one pitcher, and everyone knows pitching is what makes the difference in the post-season. Therefore, if having Johnny meant we were left with a three man rotation, one of whose members is pushing 38 and has struggled with tired shoulders late in the last two seasons, that would not be better for the Yankees. Yankees + Javy > Yankees + Damon. There, now you have mathematical proof.