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August 08, 2007

How Bad Do The Yankees Want Farnsworth Gone?

The answer will be found via what they do with Kyle now. From Joel Sherman -

After Kyle Farnsworth proved as trustworthy as North Korea, Luis Vizcaino has become Torre’s go-to man. Farnsworth, in fact, has cleared waivers, The Post has learned. Thus his greatest value now is if Brian Cashman can find a sucker to take as much of the $5.75 million the righty is owed next year as possible.

This is kind of a good news, bad news, thing. It’s great that he cleared waivers – because now the Yankees could trade him. However, the fact that he cleared waivers means that no one wants to take on his salary. Therefore, if the Yankees really want to move Farnsworth, they’re going to have to eat some salary. Looks like the ball is in Cashman’s court on this one. If he wants him gone that bad, it’s time to open up the team pocketbook to make it happen.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 8, 2007 10:12 AM


I think we all knew it would take an exchange of cash to get rid of Farnsworth. The important factor is what the Yanks get in return. If they can get a decent prospect they should pay a hefty portion of his salary. If they don't use it to improve the team for this year and years beyond, what is that huge financial advantage for?

Posted by: Mike [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2007 10:41 AM

What is 5.75 million at this point, really? With the money they've basically pissed away on Igawa, 5.75M is peanuts.

In fact, I'll bet that's probably what concessions spends on peanuts in the course of a year. I'll give up peanuts at the Stadium for 2008 to be rid of Krazy Kyle, wouldn't you?

Posted by: Pete [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2007 11:42 AM

If the Yanks can pick up a couple of decent prospects, then 4-6 million to pay for Farnsworth shouln't be that big of a deal.

The problem with keeping Farnsworth is that he fits no place in the bullpen. You can't trust him at the back end of games and he can't eat innings as a long/middle man because he's fragile. He's wasted space on the roster right now. And because of all of this, his attitude may well be less than stellar.

Cashman is probably tempted to hold out until the off-season because he thinks Farnsworth's trade value is at an all-time low. But really, how much is Farnsworth's value going to rise? In my estimation, not enough to justify keeping him for August, September and Ocotber.

It makes sense to bite the bullet and get him out of here.

Posted by: Joel [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2007 12:00 PM

Sort of off topic, but can anyone explain to me this whole Jim Brower thing?

Posted by: brockdc [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2007 01:27 PM

Brower? Lightning in a bottle, perhaps. Otherwise.......

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2007 01:54 PM

"Lightning in a bottle" is exactly the right way to look at guys like Brower--and most middle relievers for that matter. These guys are so streaky (or inconsistent) that you ride them while they're hot.

Generally, these guys have a good fastball. The key is their second pitch. If they can locate their slider or curve for strikes, they can be tough. If not, they're constantly behind in the count and getting whacked. Everyone just sits on their fastball. The inconsistency in locating their off-speed pitch is often why they're bullpen guys to begin with.

Mr. Torre, a former catcher, understands all of this, and takes a ridiculous amount of criticism for "burning guys out." In fact, all Joe has ever done is stick with the hot journeyman. His "burn out" is usually just a journeyman's regression to the norm.

Posted by: Joel [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2007 05:01 PM

His "burn out" is usually just a journeyman's regression to the norm.
And there have been few, if any, legitimate cases of Torre burning out a reliever.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2007 05:27 PM