Friday, May 27, 2011
Off Days Lead to Reflections, Reflections Lead to Anger
When the Yankees have an off day, the fans have a lot of time on their hands to reflect on all things important in life. Inevitably, this reflection leads to the Yankees bullpen, which leads to Rafael Soriano. It was recently reported that Soriano has an inflammed ligament in his elbow and he will be out 6-8 weeks. This takes me back to the winter when Soriano was available on the market and everyone with a reasonable mind was saying that the Yankees should not get him. He'd be a classic example of buying high, he has a history of injury, he'll demand closer money, and as a type A free agent we'll lose our first round draft pick. Clearly, the Yankees would not be stupid enough to sign this guy to pitch the 8th inning right? Right Hal? Well now, he's out for 2 months in his first year of a 3-year $35 million contract. We indeed paid closer money on a pitcher coming off his best season (buying high), and what have we gotten? Thus far a 5.40 ERA, and more blown holds than a $35 million pitcher should have. I'm not mad at Soriano, because if I were in his shoes, I'd sign that contract every time. The Yankees front office takes this one. I may not agree with how Cashman handled the Posada situation, but the front office needed to listen to him on that. So far, the only reason the Yankees are even in contention is because of the thrift store shopping Cashman pulled off this off season, and Cashman was clear that he did not want to sign Soriano. Where would this team be without Russel Martin, Bartolo Colon, and Freddy Garcia? And lets not forget the Granderson trade from last season. The front office should learn to just sign the checks, and let their general manager find the players to give them to.