As if the off-season hasn’t been difficult enough regarding the Yankees’ starting rotation, now comes word that the Yankees have signed soon-to-be 38 year old pitcher Bartolo Colon. Sorry, but in my opinion, this signing has no upside. Colon hasn’t pitched since 2009 and he has not started at least 20 games since his Cy Young Year with Chicago in 2005. When he pitched for the Boston Red Sox, he just struck me as old and out of shape. I just don’t see a comeback season in Colon. I know that he’s probably just fodder for spring training as the Yankees look to see if they can find some nuggets in the scrap heap.
My favorite quote about Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez signing with Tampa Bay was that the Rays are now the early favorite for the 2004 World Series. I guess that means the Yankees view Colon and his 18 2004 wins as a potential obstacle for Damon and Ramirez. Maybe Major League Baseball needs a Senior Tour like the PGA. Oh, nevermind, that’s what we are going to see in the MLB next season…
The Yankees have apparently offered Andy Pettitte $12 million to return for a final season. I know that Andy is still in Texas deciding his future (how long does it really take?) but it is definitely a reality check when a baseball player can view $12 million like I do with 12 dollars. I am ready for Andy to make his decision…either way. I know the Yankees are allegedly not waiting for his decision, but this needs to end.
I liked Brian Cashman’s comment this week that the Boston Red Sox have the better team but the Yankees have the better bullpen. He definitely wants the world to know that he was against the Rafael Soriano signing. I was listening to MLB Radio this morning and the hosts were speculating that Cash sounded like a guy who was trying to talk his way out of a job. Frankly, I’d have to agree. When George Steinbrenner was alive, I remember hearing how much the organization admired Jim Bowden. In light of his failure with the Washington Nationals a few years ago, I wonder if he is still a favorite son. Whether it is Bowden or someone else, it appears the team might be ready for a new general manager and Cash ready for new ownership when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
If the Yankees finish third or fourth, they may be looking for more than just a new general manager.