November 13, 2005
From the Daily News:
The Yankees view Farnsworth, who is often clocked at 100 mph on the radar gun, as a potential setup man for closer Mariano Rivera.
Barry Meister, Farnsworth's agent, said both New York teams had contacted him and Farnsworth would be interested in pitching for either. Farnsworth, 29, was 1-1 with a 2.19ERA in 72 games for the Tigers and Braves. He had 16 saves.
"Having gotten a taste of the playoffs and winning, he's looking at all sorts of options, but the hope is he gets to pitch for a World Series winner," Meister said. "He would be a terrific complement to Mariano Rivera and serve the role Mariano did when John Wetteland was the closer and he'd also fit for the Mets because he can close."
Three out of the last five years, Farnsworth has been impressive. And, in one of those other two years, he was at least average. Also, I believe that he had an injury in the one bad year (2002).
He could be a good addition to the Yankees pen. The one downside is that I've heard he is a "serious party animal." But, I doubt that he's any worse than Jason Giambi or David Wells was (while a Yankee).
A two-year offer with a player option (based on performance) for a third year would be an OK thing to do here, in my opinion.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 13, 2005 09:42 AM
If nothing else, we can send him out to body slam opposing pitchers.
For a guy who's probably going to pitch less than 100 innings, and will not enter a game late in the evening, or late at night, does it really matter if he's a "serious party animal?"