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Monday, December 06, 2004
Yankees send Lofton to Phillies for Rodriguez, get Stanton from Mets.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees began reshaping their roster Friday, sending outfielder Kenny Lofton and more than $1.5 million to the Philadelphia Phillies for setup man Felix Rodriguez and also reacquiring Mike Stanton from the Mets.

Stunned by Boston in the AL championship series, the Yankees are expected to make bigger moves later in the offseason, with free-agent center fielder Carlos Beltran and Arizona ace Randy Johnson figuring to be their top targets.

"The winter is not complete yet," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners. "Three cheers for the good burghers of our nation's capital for not succumbing to the whims of Major League Baseball. It's silly enough for a city to help some billionaire team owner by building him a stadium at taxpayer expense; it's even sillier to do the same for a team that doesn't have an owner. Anti-publicly-funded stadium building should be a delightfully non-partisan cause. Lefties should loathe it because all that tax money could otherwise go to the public programs they all hold so near and dear. Righties should loathe it because it represents government misguidance at its finest, as money is hoisted from hard-working citizens who should be allowed to keep what they earn." (Baseball Prospectus)

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