Out With The Old, In With the Old

Every year it seems like Brian Cashman brings in some vet reliever to be run into the ground doing setup work. Last year it was the Viz. His performance was so good, that his free-agent demands probably outpaced his value. So he’s gone, and the Yanks have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a 1-year deal at $3.75 million. A lot of scratch for a guy who might not be any better than any of the 35 other options from within the organization. Call it an insurance policy. In other news, Andy Phillips, who had been DFA’ed, declared free agency. Good luck to him finding a home. Bronson Sardinha also DFA’ed, to make room on the 40-man.

12 comments… add one
  • YAY…another middle-30’s, completely average, RIGHT HANDED reliever. Just what we needed. (sarcasm)

    krueg December 10, 2007, 1:02 pm
  • 3.75 mil for a guy who had a 4.48 ERA pitching for the Orioles in 2006? His good years are only with NL teams–he’ll go back to getting rocked if he’s in the AL East again.

    Atheose December 10, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • I wish I could slap Scott Linebrink in public. It’s all because of him and the retarded White Sox that the price for relievers has gone up to ridiculous proportions.
    Before everybody piles on to trash this deal, let’s remember it’s only for one year. ONE YEAR. I think Hawkins is the only reliever FA that’s agreed to a 1-year deal so far. One can’t blame Viz for seeking a 3-year deal elsewhere, given the absurd 4 year/$19 million contract Linebrink got.
    I’m probably not alone in saying I wanted David Riske, but he also took advantage of the reliever FA market and signed a 3-year deal. The Yankees really should get Ron Mahay now. It’d also be a good idea to look into trading some prospects for the Pirates’ Damaso Marte.

    doug YF December 10, 2007, 2:48 pm
  • Didn’t Rivera sign his deal first? Remember that he’s getting paid 15 friggen million dollars. That’s more than Posada.

    AndrewYF December 10, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • That’s true, but no one else was in the running to sign Mo. It’s more of a special case; I don’t think it influenced any other reliever deals.
    The fact that Hawkins’ numbers last year at Coors were largely the same is reassuring. I’m not too sure if the NL to AL would have that great of an impact on a relief pitcher’s performance. It seems to me that a reliever won’t face enough batters for the DH/pitcher to have a big effect.

    doug YF December 10, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • I don’t think it influenced any other reliever deals.
    It is possible it didn’t, though Francisco Cordero signed his ridiculous 4 (5 with option) deal with the Reds just a few days afterwards. No proof that the money involved in the Cordero case was affected by Rivera’s signing, but there’s certainly no proof that it wasn’t affected either. Cordero got a LOT of money…

    SF December 10, 2007, 5:36 pm
  • I think every deal influences other deals. When the gold standard at a position (in this case, Mo) gets his contract, it sets the ceiling – at least for this market – even if it is not done in overt competition with other teams bidding for those same services.

    IronHorse (yf) December 10, 2007, 6:05 pm
  • what would really excite me is if Steinbrenner the Senior woke up from his coma suddenly and shouted “Cashman! grrr, CASH-MAN! what year is it, 2001?? gimme last year’s Cy Young winner! whats his name! GAGNE! get me that boy or your ass is done in this town, boy!” (as I always imagine their conversations ending)

    Lyndsay December 10, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • On the topic of bullpens, Jose Veras has posted this line in the Dominican Winter League:
    7.2IP, 4H, 0ER, 3BB, 12K
    Doesn’t mean too much, but I’ve heard and read that the Yankees really like his stuff. He could get a big chance in 2008.

    AndrewYF December 11, 2007, 8:42 am
  • Andrew, good point – the Yanks love Veras judging from comments made toward the end of last year.
    And I am curious to see some of these other prospect b-pen arms come up.
    Does anyone expect much of Oehlendorf this year? I did not follow him at all in the minors and though he did come up very very briefly toward the end of the season, it wasn’t for long enough to judge. ANy insight on him welcome…

    IronHorse (yf) December 11, 2007, 9:27 am
  • What I know about Russ O: he is an Ivy League guy who is primarliy a groundball pitcher. He came here in the Johnson trade, and spent his time in the minors as a starter until last season, when the Yanks, in anticipation of him being called up, put him in the bullpen. The early reports were encouraging as his fast ball rose in velocity (some reports had him as high as 97). When he came up to pitch for the Yanks, he was put in typically low-leverage situations and basically buried by Torre. When he pitched, he was nothing special. Not good, not bad.

    Nick-YF December 11, 2007, 9:33 am
  • Tx Nick – curiuos to see if he emerges a bit this season (if he doesn’t get traded first)

    IronHorse (yf) December 11, 2007, 9:50 am

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