Four! Abe Baldwin Alum Kyle Farnsworth Is a Yankee

Kyle Farnsworth, a graduate of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, will be—ahem—mowing down batters and checking sod composition for the Yanks over the next three seasons. The manure-low price of this acquisition: $17 million. Just what kind of institution is ABAC, you ask? From the looks of the home page, it’s clearly a bastion of higher education.

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  • T-minus 47 minutes until someone in the Yankees organization is quoted as saying “this is the guy we had targeted all along”. Someone get on a newswatch.

    SF December 2, 2005, 6:31 pm
  • The only good AL offense he faced last year without giving up at least one run -
    You guessed it – the Yankees.
    Got shelled by both CWS and Boston – oh, and Minnesota and the Indians both put up huge numbers against him.
    I LOVE this move. Not as much as I like Gordon leaving, but nearly.

    Brad-SF December 2, 2005, 11:14 pm
  • Not to mention his playoff shellacking. But whatever. That k-rate is impressive, as is his hr rate. He’s going to be pretty good, I’d guess. The danger for me is that walk rate, and it’s dangerous for 2 reasons: the obvious, that being they have a tendency to score, and the less so (and perhaps more troubling, long term), that being Torre’s (justifiable) lack of patience for relievers who put men on base. It’s not too hard to imagine a death spiral here: a couple of rough outings in April/May; Joe loses faith; Mo starts coming in the 8th every other night and jacking up his innings; Farnsworth, who is something of a question mark on the personality front, then becoming a disgruntled employee with a fat contract…we’ve seen this before, right?

    YF December 3, 2005, 10:10 am
  • Actually, YF, his HR rate is apparently a big problem. According to Steven Goldman of YES:
    Farnsworth should be functional as a setup man, but the interaction of his fly ball tendencies and the designated hitter league could go badly …He reverted to being an extreme fly ball pitcher with the Braves, getting .76 grounders for every fly, and he gave up four home runs in 27.1 innings.
    This has been a problem for him throughout his career, and unless you believe the “he has a new pitch” thing, which almost always doesn’t change anything over the long haul, then I wouldn’t be too psyched about this move as a yf.
    Not to say this guy is a bad pitcher – I don’t think he is – but I don’t think he’s Gordon’s equal.

    mattymatty December 3, 2005, 1:18 pm
  • But mattymatty (or I guess more accurately, Steve Goldman), you have to measure him in relation to Gordon for the next three years. He’s most definitely a step-down from the Gordon of 2003-2005. The Gordon of 2006-2009 is another story. I really can find very little to fault with the way the Yanks handled the Gordon-Farnsworth situations. Flash wanted to close and that’s why he’s no longer a yank. Good luck to him.
    It’s still puzzling to me that the yanks didn’t draft hansen last year by the way.

    Nick December 3, 2005, 1:25 pm
  • Matty2x: you’re correct. I’m off base on the Farnsworth HR-rate. I saw 4 for the year, and didn’t realize the inning total was so low. But Nick’s point is well taken as well. He was the best available at anything like a reasonable cost if Ryan, Wagner, and TGo were committed to closing.

    YF December 3, 2005, 5:04 pm
  • Nick: when was the last time the Yankees had anything to do with Scott Boras? Bernie Williams? Or am I mistaken?

    SF December 3, 2005, 11:47 pm
  • True, SF. Technically the last new Boras player they brought in was A-Rod. I think Boras played a key role in facilitating the trade. I think the major reason they didn’t go for Hansen was a reaction to amateur draft fiascos Drew Henson and Brien Taylor. They decided that overpaying amateur players was a risk not worth taking. I’m not sure I agree in the case of Hansen. Do you know his contract numbers by chance?

    Nick December 4, 2005, 10:56 am
  • I think he got four years at a total of $4Million.

    mattymatty December 4, 2005, 12:53 pm
  • Does MLB.com allow individual player v team stats?

    john yf December 5, 2005, 8:18 pm
  • If its not on MLB.com then its on ESPN.com. One of them has it.

    mattymatty December 6, 2005, 11:10 am

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