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.