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Byrnes Rumor to Yanks reported in NY Times

I was surprised to see an article in the NY Times
spreading the rumor that the Yanks are interested in Byrnes being their CF.  

My guess is the writer (Tyler Kepner) has never seen Byrnes play CF. He paints Byrnes as a defensive stalwart/weak hitter...

My adjectives would be erratic/adventurous fielder and streaky hitter...

Here's the link to full article and excerpt:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/19/sports/baseball/19pins.html?oref=login

"The Yankees would welcome a proven starter like Juan Pierre of Florida or Randy Winn of Seattle. But with Cashman's reluctance to trade prospects, a more realistic acquisition could be a lesser outfielder like Eric Byrnes of Colorado or Philadelphia's Endy Chavez, who have the  speed to cover center field and would not hurt much on offense.

Byrnes, who was traded from Oakland last week, may make the most sense, because the low-budget Rockies are out of playoff contention.

The Yankees' deep lineup could withstand a center fielder who is not a great hitter but fields well. Manager Joe Torre stressed the need for steady defense in center, which was the stated reason for promoting Cabrera on July 7."

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