Wow. The Kyle Farnsworth signing is not even official yet and Yankees fans are getting the “Good Luck to you” messages from Cubs fans all over the internet. Know what? I don’t care what they say. Here are the stats/facts of all RH RP who have appeared in 200+ games (combined) over the last three seasons.
Stats via the Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia.
As you can see, in terms of limiting base runners, over the last three years combined, Farnsworth is the 10th best RH pen-man in terms of effectiveness, out of all durable RH RP in the majors.
And, considering that Mo Rivera is one of the ten, Farnsworth was one of the nine best RP available to the Yankees this off-season. Taking it further, and realizing that the Yankees had zero chance of getting Joe Nathan or Brad Lidge, and factoring in that Ugueth Urbina is in jail for murder charges, Farnsworth – at the end of the day – was one of the six best RP available to the Yankees this off-season.
Will Farnsworth be like Mo? No. Will he be like Gordon? Probably not. But, this is not Felix Heredia. This is not Felix Rodriguez. This is not Steve Karsay. This is not Paul Quantrill. This is not Chris Hammond. This is not Gabe White. This is not Jay Witasick. This is not Juan Acevedo.
Level set your expectations. Farnsworth will be good. He will not be great. But, he’s not going to suck either.
You cannot be in the top ten for RH RP limiting base runners (over the last 3 years) and be an arsonist at the same time. I think the Cubs fans are projecting some stuff on this kid that he does not deserve.