Split the Difference?

The Yanks kept Aaron Small from arbitration yesterday, signing him for 1 year at $1.25 million. Small had asked for $1.45. The Yanks offered $1.025. Seems fair. (Though $110 grand per win is just a wee bit less than Randy pulls.) Next up: Chacon. He wants $4.15. The Yanks are at $3.1. Anyone else out there think this might end up at $3.6, with some reasonably attainable incentive ladders?

This whole GM thing isn’t really that hard now, is it?

7 comments… add one
  • You know it’s a slow news day when YF is spending valuable bandwidth touting the fact that the Yankees may have split the few-hundred-K difference with arb-eligible pitchers.
    We need someone on the Sox or Yanks to quit their job, demand a trade, or get arrested. Come on Wells, help us out!

    SF January 25, 2006, 10:47 am
  • I’m loving GQ for this article:
    Schilling is #4 on the list the 10 most hated athletes in sports. A-Rod and Randy just miss the cut. Here’s the Schilling entry:
    ““Between the white lines, it’s all real,” says one reporter who has covered Schilling. “But outside the white lines, there’s a huge gap between the man and the image he projects.” Take, for instance, Schilling’s self-glorifying display during Congress’s steroid hearings last March or his absurdly patriotic open letter to America on ESPN.com after 9/11, for which his teammates mocked him on a late-night bus ride with a chorus of “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.” “They know what he’s about,” says the sportswriter. “I’d say a large percentage of them like him—every fifth day. He wears on people.”
    On days he doesn’t pitch, Schilling is notorious for striking TV-ready poses on the dugout stairs. (His manager in Philadelphia, Jim Fregosi, dubbed him Red Light Curt.) “He’s somebody who’s always positioning himself in terms of what’s best for Curt Schilling,” says ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, who described Schilling as “the consummate table for one.” (Speaking of which, Schilling also has a reputation for sneaking into the clubhouse late in games to get a head start on the buffet.)
    So avid is Schilling’s longing for the spotlight that some of his peers raise doubts about his now legendary turn in the 2004 postseason, when he pitched on an ankle tendon that had been sutured in place. During Game 6, cameras cut repeatedly to the bright red stain on Schilling’s sock. It was blood, right? “The Diamondbacks people think he definitely doctored that sock,” says the sportswriter. The ex-teammate laughs: “All around baseball, people questioned that. It was funny how the stain didn’t spread.””

    Nick January 25, 2006, 12:21 pm
  • But we’re obsessed with A-Rod.
    Sayeth the Pot to the Kettle, “you’re black”.

    SF January 25, 2006, 12:24 pm
  • just making things more fair and balanced here.

    Nick January 25, 2006, 12:26 pm
  • I may have to renew my subcription to GQ.

    walein January 25, 2006, 12:29 pm
  • Curt “the consummate table for one” Schilling
    Such a good nickname. Better than Johnny “Ugly” Dickshot.

    Nick January 25, 2006, 12:30 pm
  • A-Rod had already taken “Narcissus”, I guess.

    SF January 25, 2006, 1:11 pm

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