A couple posts back, I mentioned a rumor that would "send Theo's head spinning." It's been interesting watching a debate around that pop up at NYYFans.com. There's nothing I like better than seeing passionate fans debating their team in the midst of winter. It's also very interesting - and disconcerting - at times to see people debate my thought processes (in the midst of calling me a bozo!) ;)
So, let me break it down. In discussions about something else entirely, a valid source - let's say this person rates about a 4 of 10 on the validity scale - told me that the Yankees were about to make a free agent offer. The target - Vladimir Guerrero. Since then, I've been able to confirm that no offer has been made, but that an offer might not be out of the realm of possibility. The Yanks, like some other teams, sense that Vlad is not excited about the possibility of playing in Baltimore or bowled over by their money. Could the Yanks take Vlad on "the cheap" in a weak market? Possible, but like I said, unlikely.
The signing of Tony Clark kind of steps on this - to sign Vlad, the Yanks would need to move Bernie to 1B/DH, Matsui to CF, and Lofton to the bench. None of that is out of the question, but having Clark seems to point to Bernie sharing time in CF and DHing more, with something of a rotation between Giambi, Clark, Williams, and Lofton at CF/1B/DH.
So, the rumor was a Vlad signing, that's the condensed process, and I hope it makes more sense now to everyone.