June 9 – Happy Birthday Randy Winn

The only thing I liked when I heard that Brian Cashman had signed today’s Pinstripe Birthday Celebrant as a free agent before the 2010 season, was his last name. I was hoping Randy Winn could somehow help the Yankees win in 2010, but I was not optimistic.

Winn’s signing was a big part of Cashman’s effort to reduce the Yankees’ payroll. After winning the 2009 World Series the team let both Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon walk away as free agents. Evidently, Cashman did not wish to “embarrass” either veteran with low-ball offers to remain in pinstripes so instead, he gave Winn, who was a 36-year-old, twelve-year veteran at the time, 1.1 million Yankee dollars to compete for one of New York’s starting outfield positions.

Remember, in addition to losing Matsui and Damon, Cashman had also traded the Yankees other 2009 starting outfielder, Melky Cabrera to the Braves for Javier Vazquez Part II. The 2010 opening day outfield for New York was Curtis Granderson in center, Nick Swisher in right and Brett Gardner in left. Winn was expected to challenge either Swisher or Gardner for playing time.

The switch-hitting Winn was not up to that challenge. He ended up playing in just 29 games in pinstripes and batting just .213. The Yankees released him at the end of May and he finished out the 2010 season with St. Louis. He has been out of the big leagues since then. Though he did not work out as a Yankee, Winn did put together a solid career, averaging .284 lifetime with 1,759 hits and 215 stolen bases. He is an LA native and shares his June 9th birthday with this former Yankee manager and this former Yankee GM.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2010 NYY 29 71 61 7 13 0 1 1 8 1 8 15 .213 .300 .295 .595
13 Yrs 1717 6878 6186 863 1759 367 59 110 662 215 526 1010 .284 .343 .416 .759
TBD (5 yrs) 519 2047 1836 264 513 94 28 24 182 80 165 347 .279 .342 .400 .743
SFG (5 yrs) 666 2799 2533 343 735 169 18 51 262 73 209 367 .290 .345 .432 .776
SEA (3 yrs) 416 1799 1612 233 462 96 11 31 193 56 131 259 .287 .345 .417 .762
STL (1 yr) 87 162 144 16 36 8 1 3 17 5 13 22 .250 .311 .382 .693
NYY (1 yr) 29 71 61 7 13 0 1 1 8 1 8 15 .213 .300 .295 .595
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/9/2013.

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