Yanks making moves for '02

Though the New York Yankees have yet to come to a deal with Jason Giambi they have made a move to fill the third base position after the retirement of Scott Brosius this past off-season.
   The news came Friday as the Yankees and Mets hooked up on a deal that sent outfielder David Justice to the Mets in return for Ventura who brings an excellent glove to the field.
   On the other end the Yankees have reportedly made an offer to Giambi for a period of seven years but have not discussed a price. However rumor has it that it could be as high as $128 million but nothing has been confirmed.
   Now that the Yankees have lost Paul O'Neill to retirement and trading Justice to the Mets which leaves open space in the outfield.
   So who will be the future right fielder for the Yankees in 2002? From the speculation and talks that have been going on it could be Moises Alou or Kenny Lofton. Whoever they decide to put in pin stripes it will add the speed that has been missed in years past.
   What about Tino Martinez? Well sorry Yankee fans but it doesn't look like he'll be back next year as the Yankees have shown no interest in resigning Martinez. However it's reported that Oakland and St. Louis (who lost Mark McGwire to retirement) are both very interested in him.
   Another key move the Yankees made was the acquirement of pitcher Steve Karsay. After pitching for the Atlanta Braves last season, Karsay signed a $22.25 million dollar contract with the Yankees for four years.
   Other possibilities that the Yankees are looking at are pitchers David Wells and Hideo Nomo. Wells is expected to meet with the Yankees on Monday but then go to Arizona on Wednesday to meet with the Diamondbacks. If Arizona does negotiate with wells imagine having to face the Diamondbacks with Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and Wells as the top three pitchers.
   The good thing for the Yankees is that they have Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera and Ramiro Mendoza all coming back next season.
   So how will the Yankees stack up offensively next year? If all the rumors come true then it looks as if Giambi, Alfonso Soriano, Derek Jeter and Ventura will man the infield while Shane Spencer, Bernie Williams and possibly Alou or Lofton in the outfield.
   Just when we thought the Yankees had a solid line-up it looks like things are getting brighter which could put the team back in the hunt for another World Series Championship in 2002.