I was just reading about Mike Mussina being a free agent after next season. Should the Yankees consider re-signing him?
Well, first of all, Moose will be 38-years-old in the first year of his next contract. That should scare away anyone. But, the Yankees have shown that they’re not afraid to throw money at old-timer hurlers. So, is there anything else to consider?
In terms of relative career pitching performance and opportunity earned, and age, the pitchers that best line up to Mussina, since 1900, are Stan Coveleski, Kevin Brown, and Curt Schilling – in my opinion.
Coveleski was cooked by the time he was 38 – but, he pitched during the 1910′s and ’20′s. So, Brown and Schilling are probably the better “comps” to look at here.
Brown actually was a good pitcher at age 38 – and we saw how he was at 39, last season, in the Bronx. Schilling is 38 this season. And, we also know how his year has been for Boston (to date).
I’m not seeing anything that says Mussina will have some pitching life left once his current contract is up with the Yankees. Therefore, if they were to ask me, I say let him walk after the 2006 season. And, don’t even think twice about it.