LADY AT THE BAT: Brandon McCarthy Signs With Yankees West

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Brandon McCarthy Signs With Yankees West

If reports are true, I cannot blame the Yankees for not matching the four-year offer Brandon McCarthy accepted last night from the Los Angeles Dodgers. McCarthy deserves, at-best, a three-year deal and, realistically, nothing more than a two-year deal.

I also cannot blame McCarthy for going where the money is. Actually, the phrase "where the money is" is a bit misleading.  The Yankees have money, too, of course. Everyone else knows it as well. They're just trying to be fiscally conservative. (Yes, I know how that worked out last year.)

The Dodgers, of course, are the furthest thing from fiscally conservative at this point.  Since Magic Johnson and his ownership group took over, they have re-made themselves into Yankees-West.  Gone-or sitting on the back burner--are the days when the Yankees easily out-bid other teams for free agents. Now the Yankees are being out-bid, and there is nothing wrong with that.

If this trend continues, the Yankees will have absolutely nothing to do with Max Scherzer, who is, reportedly, looking for a an eight-year deal in the neighborhood of $200 million.  There are other free-agent pitchers out there for them to go after, namely James Shields and Ervin Santana.

So thanks, Brandon McCarthy, and go get 'em, Brian Cashman.


Unknown said...

Even if we can talk ourselves into thinking the Yanks didn't need to keep guys like McCarthy or Robertson...Who they did throw money and years at makes it really difficult to swallow. Like the Ellsbury and Cano situation, I'm not cool with them giving years and money to a guy like Miller, and then not committing money or years to guys like McCarthy and Robertson. One doesn't make sense with the other.

Bernadette Pasley said...

Viv, the only explanation I can think of for the Miller signing is that, when healthy, he is absolutely lights out on the mound. Robertson's nickname is Houdini, which is a far cry from lights out. Also, Miller is a lefty, which also might be more appealing to the Yankees.