No team goes into the free agent signing period looking to fail. Nobody wants to hoard all the lemons, the has-beens, the worthless, the destined-for-failure...but somehow, the Yankees have been doing so over the past 4 off-seasons. Yes, there have been 1 or 2 bright spots - Damon and Pettite - but overall, they absolutely fail at handing money to competent players.
Now that the Yankees have offered C.C. Sabathia the biggest contract for a pitcher in baseball history AND are preparing to go after several other high-priced names, you have to wonder if this is the correct way to right a sinking ship.
Here's a breakdown of who the Yankees signed, season to season:
RP LaTroy Hawkins, 1 Year $3.75 Million
1-1, 41 IP, 5.71 ERA
Designated for assignment July 26, then traded
3B Morgan Ensberg, 1 Year $1.75 Million
28 G, .203, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Released June 8th
OF Jason Lane, 1 Year NA
97 G, .236, 16 HR, 51 RBI
Too bad the above numbers are for AAA Scranton and he was released outright in August.
1B Richie Sexson, 1 Year $390,000
22 G, .250, 1 HR, 6 RBI
A mid-season fill-in for an injury plagued team, Sexson did nothing, and was released after three weeks of service.
SP Andy Pettite, 1 Year $16 Million
15-9, 215 IP, 4.05 ERA
Solid #2 behind 19-game-winning Wang
1B Doug Mientkiewicz, 1 Year $1.5 Million
72 G, .271, 5 HR, 24 RBI
Missed 3 months with injury
SP Kei Igawa, 5 Years $20 Million
2-3, 67 IP, 6.25 ERA
Another masterful Cashman move - currently feeling right at home in Japanese-friendly Scranton Pennsylvania.
SP Roger Clemens, 1 Year $28 Million
6-6, 99 IP, 4.18 ERA
Just listing his numbers and salary makes me want to do a header out the window. An absolute fucking joke. And the memory of Suzy Waldman having an orgasm, live on-air, will haunt me forever.
OF Johnny Damon, 4 Years $52 Million
149 G, .285, 24 HR, 80 RBI, 25 SB
One of two bright spots. Unfortunately, his body is ready to shutdown, and his arm has regressed from bad to pitiful.
SP Carl Pavano, 4 Years $39.95 Million
4-6, 100 IP, 4.77 ERA
This was Pavano's best season with the team, and the most innings he would ever pitch in pinstripes.
SP Jaret Wright, 3 Years, $21 Million
5-5, 63 IP, 6.08 ERA
Another worthless pile-of-shit.
2B Tony Womack, 2 Years, $4 Million
108 G, .249, 0 HR, 15 RBI
Cano took over midway through the season, nobody really noticed Womack was gone.
After seeing this, you begin to wonder why the Steinbrenner faction would want to retain Cashman's services, unless it's because they've already had him killed and are using his dead rotting carcass as a front to sign these heaps-of-shit - which is quite possible.
So, everyone of you you out there who is anxiously awaiting the introduction of another Yankee signee, remember, there have been more Pavano's than Damon's, and definitely more mid-summer designation for assignment than October heroics.