The Yankees’ main focus right now is putting on this inaugural bowl game Thursday at Yankee Stadium, the Pinstripe Bowl between Syracuse and Kansas State. Besides Mark Teixeira, Randy Levine, Lonn Trost and the George M. Steinbrenner championship trophy will be at the Times Square Visitor Center promotional event today at 3.
In baseball dealings, it was the Mets making a deal Monday, albeit a very minor one, acquiring a possible backup middle infielder from the Dodgers, Chin-lung Hu, who hit .130 last season over 23 at-bats and 14 big-league games. And the Brewers signed a setup man in Takashi Saito.
Milwaukee is taking an all-in approach before Prince Fielder probably hits the open market, also adding starters Zack Greinke from the Royals and Shaun Markum from the Blue Jays. Octavio Dotel, according to reports, does appear close to joining the Toronto relief mix. Maybe the Jays will be able to leap the Rays this season.
The Red Sox still look to me like the class of the division with their improvements (especially Carl Crawford), returning players who were injured and rotation. But I think their bullpen is still a little suspect, even with the addition of Bobby Jenks.
Of course, we have about seven weeks for the Yankees to make some additional moves before pitchers and catchers report to Tampa. But, being objective, would you rank the Red Sox ahead of the Yankees right now?