Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Roger = World Series...Right?
Adding Roger Clemens to the staff does absolutely nothing. Yankees fans may rejoice that one of the greatest pitchers of all time is back with the Yankees, but Roger is 44 going on 45 this year, and with a $29 million contract, he passes A-Rod as the highest paid player in the game. It has been calculated that Clemens will earn $102 a second. That is not a typo.
Brian Cashman has went against everything he has said from the start of the season.
We will not call up Philip Hughes this season; oops too late, now he is on the disabled list.
We will not sign high priced veteran players; oops too late, we spent $24 mil on Clemens.
So, instead of investing in the farm system, they have decided to rent players for the year proving to the baseball world that the Yankees have very deep pockets and are taking advantage of the less fortunate teams.
What the Yankees need is not an eleventh starter, but a bullpen.
The current starters have put in quality starts, many of them lost in a flurry of bullpen failures including three from Rivera and two from Vizcaino.
The bullpen needs a lot of work since Rivera is not, well, Rivera, and both Vizcaino and Farnsworth are not as consistent as the Yankees needs them to be.
Roger Clemens will work his way through the minor leagues and is expected to possibly face the Red Sox in June for his first start this season.
Is $102 a second worth it?
I sent an interview questionnaire to Hennoqui's athletic program about the Josh Drabek game and should it should be returned by the end of the week.
Labels: Roger Clemens
Posted by Steve Kenul at 9:37 PM
hotdogman posted at 10:25 PM
From yesterday's comments:
"# hotdogman posted at 9:58 PM
What are the Yankees gonna do in the 7th, 8th & 9th?
# Steve Kenul posted at 11:42 AM
Hotdogman: Vizcaino, Farnsworth, Rivera"
Changing your tune?
The Yankee dynasty is dead. Management is dysfunctional. The players are aging. The pitching is sketchy. They are the best line-up in baseball. They suck.
K.K. posted at 7:01 PM
I'm glad they signed Roger, because now they are not bound by the "principles" of the Yankees, and can just go and win.
First, A-Rod will get a fat new contract. Either that, or the Yankees are going to go poach Miguel Cabrera.
They'll give up on Mienkiewitcz (i still can't spell it) on first, and go buy Teixeira (if he ever gets his power back)
And then the coup de grace - Hiring Manny Ramirez as the new DH! They'll give him a "Manny Plan" - like a family plan for Manny, sort of what the Red Sox have given him. You know, the whole "I'll act like an ass, so you guys can all love me" bit.
Then they'll win the championship! I actually mean some of that above, cuz I think A-Rod WILL be back (but at $200 million...)
... seriously though, if Rivera gets his confidence back, I think the Yankees will be fine. The Red Sox are NOT as good as they seem (JD Drew is fighting injuries already - he's like a more useful Carl Pavano)
James Willis posted at 11:30 AM
So is Cashman going to go back on his word that the Yanks won't win the Series...I don't think he needs to...if you know what I mean.
A-Rod needs to leave he would be much happier on a winning team!!
James Willis posted at 11:31 AM
you can't compare JD to Carl...Carl is useless
K.K. posted at 2:02 AM
that's why i said he was "a more useful" Carl. Carl did have a decent outing this year, but yeah, he has been pretty worthless, which is why I was surprised when somebody floated a rumor that the Mariners would be willing to trade Richie Sexon for him (nothing but a yankee fan's dream I guess)
Can the Yankees just "buy out" his contract? Like with the NBA? Frankly, even if you pay him like 80% just to leave it'd be good cuz if some other team is willing to sign him, then he can cripple their salary cap instead of the Yankees'~