Via Joel Sherman –
The big worry to me in the pen is Damaso Marte. The Yanks had three choices with him in the offseason: 1) Let him leave to free agency. 2) Pick up his $6 million option for 2009. 3) Sign him long-term. The Yanks went with that final option and signed him for three years at $12 million, and that looks like a big mistake. First of all, as the offseason progressed, the lefty relief market stayed saturated and the prices fell significantly. So Marte was clearly overpaid for where the market ended up. But Marte also had established a reputation around the majors as a guy with top stuff who did not handle pressure extraordinarily well. And now some Yankee officials are wondering about his passion.
He is here to dominate lefties and so far he has faced six in 2009, and hit one while also allowing a double and a homer with no strikeouts. He has the potential to go into the long line of lefties such as Chris Hammonds, Felix Heredia and Gabe White who simply could not do the job as Yankees.
I’m guessing that Sherman’s “The Royal Order of the Cashman Kool-Aid Brigade” newsletter copy, addressing the Marte signing, got lost in the mail. You know, it’s the one with the headline that read: “It seemed like the right move at the time.”