From Jack Curry -
“From the earliest days of Walter Johnson until now, there’s nothing more valuable in baseball than top starting pitchers,” said Hank Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ senior vice president. “However, you’ve got to balance that with the potential for an injury. If it wasn’t for the injuries, the top pitchers would get more money than anyone. Even more than A-Rod.”
“If you’ve got a guy who is young and who’s been injury-free, you have to make concessions,” Steinbrenner said. “Injuries are a reality of the game. It’s an X factor.”
“Anybody in baseball will tell you there’s nothing more valuable than starting pitching,” Steinbrenner said. “The length of a contract and how much you pay a pitcher? Those are questions you have to answer.”
Sounds like Hank is about ready to tell (Yanks’ COO) Lonn Trost to get his checkbook ready for Johan Santana.