Joel Sherman unloads on Kyle Farnsworth -
Whether out of desperation or simply having too much money to burn, the Yankees have brought in players in recent years such as Kevin Brown, Kyle Farnsworth, Randy Johnson, Raul Mondesi, Carl Pavano, Gary Sheffield and Jeff Weaver, who all had long rap sheets on character issues. And, lo and behold, they all had character issues with the Yankees.
The days of the Yankees believing they could bring any malcontent in and that malcontent would be converted into pinstripe obedience by the peer pressure of professionals in the room is gone. The inmates are not exactly running the asylum in the Bronx. But this is not the same emotional brew that existed during the championship years when vocal clubhouse sergeants such as David Cone, Chili Davis and Tino Martinez would assure that the moaners and complainers would be cowed. Derek Jeter is a pro, but he is not a get-in-your-face captain.
To this end, the Yankees need to get rid of Farnsworth by Tuesday’s trade deadline and if it means accepting inferior prospects and/or eating a piece of his contract, so be it. It seems the Yankees were the only organization in the majors that believed Farnsworth could handle being a Yankee. He can’t. He is a cross between Pavano and Brown, fragile physically with the personality of a lawn mower.
Gotta love a guy who let’s it fly like Joel is doing here. Notice the message under the message here – about the poor acquistion performance of Cashman and the lack of leadership in the Yankees clubhouse.