• Sherman Rips Farnsworth Signing

    Posted by on December 20th, 2005 · Comments (5)

    From the Post:

    REARRANGE the letters in Kyle Farnsworth’s name and I believe you spell “Mark Wohlers” or “Jay Witasick.” The centerpiece to an altered Yankees bullpen, therefore, is another strapping, fireballing righty who fits in The Bronx as well as tumbleweeds.

    Farnsworth has the kind of jittery postseason ledger that Kenny Rogers would laugh at, and has a better chance of winding up on the trade block, come June, than being viewed as a formidable bridge to Mariano Rivera.

    So the Yanks needed to win a minor bidding war with the Indians, Mets and Red Sox to secure Octavio Dotel, who should be ready to pitch in the majors about June 1, following Tommy John surgery.

    In the best scenario for the Yanks, Farnsworth really has grown up and has better control of his life and fastball, and is thriving in the eighth inning. That would enable Dotel to work in the seventh inning and give the Yankees a Nasty Boy look late in games.

    In the more likely worst scenario, the Yanks are trying to figure out how much of Farnsworth’s contract to eat in order to deal him to the Royals in midseason. In that scenario, the Yanks will be glad if they have secured Dotel for protection. Dotel is certainly a risk, but for about $2 million, he is far less risky than $18 million for Farnsworth.

    Sounds like Dotel’s agent sent Sherman a nice holiday basket of cheer.

    Why wait three weeks after he signed to rip Farnsworth? Vey odd timing here.

    Comments on Sherman Rips Farnsworth Signing

    1. knuckles
      December 20th, 2005 | 9:06 am

      The timing is odd, indeed. I guess Sherman’s not smart enough to realize just how transparent he is. I can see him at his desk yesterday panicking.

      “Oh man, I’m so dead. I gotta bang out a column in 45 minutes, what should I write about? The Texans losing on purpose? Nope. The youth and relative inexperience of the US Hockey team? Damnit. Hey, I got it! I’ll rip the Farnsworth signing. Yeah.”

    2. Raf
      December 20th, 2005 | 9:39 am

      Typical NYC hack columnist… Probably hasn’t been anyone here worth reading since Mark Kriegel left town

    3. Jason O.
      December 20th, 2005 | 10:19 am

      Good point SL re: timing.

      Re: KF’s mental makeup, I recall the Tigers saying they had no problems with him…except, of course, that he scrapped with Urbina. Then again, said the Tigers, Urbina started fights with everyone.

    4. knuckles
      December 20th, 2005 | 10:58 am

      And given that Urbina’s currently in jail for lighting people on fire and hacking them with machetes, I’d give Farnsworth a pass on that scrap. It’s not as if he fought with Sean Casey or John Olerud.

    5. JohnnyC
      December 20th, 2005 | 1:22 pm

      Sherman’s been on a rampage ever since losing out on his two steady TV gigs, particularly his weekly NY1 One on One appearances. He careens from side to side on all matters concerning the Yankees, stumbling over himself as he piles new self-contradictions on top of each other. He seems lost…much the way Mike Lupica seems. Yeah, not having George as a comedy prop for every other column sucks.

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