• June 2nd @ The Twins

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2008 · Comments (4)

    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!)
     

    Comments on June 2nd @ The Twins

    1. MCNY
      June 3rd, 2008 | 8:54 am

      Like the expiring contract of Carl Pavano, there is a warming light coming in from over the horizon. It’s no moon. It’s no Death Star. It’s the end of Kyle Farnsworth(less). It will be a day long remembered (heavy Darth Vader breathing).

      The one question I have is why does General Joe have so much confidence in him? I was watching the game last night and even the announcers mentioned that none of the experience Yankee infielders came over to Farnsworth(less) to give him a boost after the (first) double.

      In this case, I’d go with the soldiers rather than the general.

    2. Raf
      June 3rd, 2008 | 10:27 am

      The one question I have is why does General Joe have so much confidence in him?
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      Probably because they were teammates in Chicago.

    3. MJ
      June 3rd, 2008 | 1:10 pm

      I was watching the game last night and even the announcers mentioned that none of the experience Yankee infielders came over to Farnsworth(less) to give him a boost after the (first) double.
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      Telling as that may be, it’s also nothing to be proud of. I’m sure I’ll have to enter the witness protection program for saying this but I’ve long believed that Derek Jeter is a lousy captain and teammate. If you weren’t his teammate from 1996-2000, you don’t exist and I think that’s a lousy attitude to have.

      As toxic as Farnsworth’s personality may be, don’t his teammates have to try and support him? It can’t hurt, at the very least.

    4. antone
      June 3rd, 2008 | 2:13 pm

      Either way he would still suck…he’s a grown man, he doesn’t need his teammates to like him to pitch well and if he does then get rid of him…the Yankees bullpen went from being a strength to being a major weakness after losing bruney and moving Joba to the rotation…Farnsworth is not the answer in the 8th inning…and they need to try something else soon…maybe they should just go with the reliever who is “hot” at the moment

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