This seems as good as any time for a flashback to December 3, 2005 – via Tyler Kepner -
So yesterday, as the Philadelphia Phillies announced their three-year, $18 million deal with Gordon, the Yankees completed their three-year, $17 million contract with Kyle Farnsworth. He does not carry the same age risk as Gordon, but there are other questions.
Farnsworth will be 29 on opening day, and he has more strikeouts than innings pitched over a seven-year career. But he has made just one career appearance at Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees expect him to handle eighth-inning pressure through 2008.
In his conference call with reporters yesterday, Farnsworth was asked how he knew he would be able to adapt to the intense environment of New York. He answered candidly.
“I really don’t know,” Farnsworth said. “That’s another reason why I wanted to come to New York and really test how good I really am. I think I did good enough last year to be able to pitch anywhere.”
Farnsworth became the fourth Braves pitcher in five years to sign with the Yankees as a free agent, and he will try to reverse a trend. The others – Steve Karsay, Chris Hammond and Jaret Wright – have been disappointments.
“The previous failures we had with some Atlanta pitchers were not necessarily because they came from the Atlanta Braves,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. “Some, I think, we made inaccurate scouting assessments on, and others we took on a risk.”
“In Kyle’s case, a lot of teams were interested in securing him, us being one of them,” Cashman said. “Given the thin market and given the cost, given his ability and given his age, on a three-year contract, we figured we would try this.”
Assuming the Yankees don’t make the post-season this year, we only have four more months of Kyle Farnsworth in pinstripes. (And people say I never have anything positive to say at this blog!)