Andy Pettitte, it cannot be argued, was invaluable to the Yankees. He was the Bronx’s Bullpen Backbone. He brought a steadying presence to New York’s pitching corps, along with his ability and legendary status.
This season, his veteran presence will be missing. CC Sabathia can be that guy down the road, but he needs to focus on regaining his Ace status in the rotation. The more CC focuses on himself, the better. Ivan Nova? Perhaps in a few seasons. While Nova has established his worthiness as a Yankee starter, is he ready to be the leader New York needs now?
There is one man available who can bring what the Yankees will miss from Andy Pettitte. That man is Roy Halladay. There is nobody in the Free Agent Pool even close to “Doc” when it comes to experience, dedication, and yes, ability. He would immediately have the entire organization’s respect. Brian McCann would love to work with him. Think of what Doc can impart to Ivan Nova and David Phelps. To everyone on the team.
His training regimen is beyond legendary. Doc is often the first to arrive at the ballpark. He leads by doing, not talking. Halladay resurrected the career of A.J. Burnett overnight in Toronto. Without Doc, Burnett lost his footing in New York, and has only recently regained some of his form.
The Pinstripes bestow a player with class and dignity. Halladay already lives his life by these qualities. He gives back to the community. He runs charities with his wife. When traded away from Toronto, he took out full page ads in that city’s newspapers to thank the fans.
Roy is a good man. He would quickly establish himself as being a Yankee, not just someone who plays for the Yankees. New York would embrace him fiercely.
Yes, Doc had a bad season last year. He is getting older, and has suffered from injuries. But so did Andy Pettitte. And there can be no question how valuable Andy was. Halladay can be the key for New York’s pitching. And, he would be relatively cheap. The Yankees should take advantage.
Roy would be amenable to coming to the Bronx. Recent moves by the Office, acquiring Jacoby Ellsbury, Kelly Johnson, and McCann, have shown they are serious about winning. Doc does not have a World Series Ring. The Yankees could get him one and, conversely, he can help New York do the same.
This site has mentioned bringing Halladay aboard before, in Arms Race Nearly Run, and in Pitching Fits. It needs to be mentioned again and again. What Doc Halladay can bring to the Yankees is calm command. Amazing ability. Unparalleled leadership.
On a personal note, I have seen Roy Halladay pitch on many occasions. During my ten years in Toronto, he never lost a game I attended. Which means I saw him beat the Yankees often. He was the finest pitcher I witnessed in all that time. I know he’s still got it.
New York City needs to call The Doctor. He will cure what ails us.
They are a great people, Kal-Liam, they wish to be.
They only lack the light to show the way.
You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards.
They will rise behind you. They will stumble. They will fall.
But in time, they will join you in the sun.
In time, you will help them accomplish wonders…
He was a Hughes bust. He never Phil-ed Yankee Stadium with his fans. He couldn’t Phillip the holes in the Yankee rotation. Nobody thought I could come up with more Phil Hughes jokes than I did in Pitching Fits, but Take a Look at Me Now!
Oh wait, that last one’s a dig at Phil Collins.
Well, anyway, surprising nobody, Hughes will not be returning to the Bronx in 2014. The Minnesota Twins are expected to announce in the next few days that Phil has signed with that organization. Reportedly, to the tune of a 3-year $24 million dollar deal.
This comes on the heels of reports that Minnesota has also come to terms with Ricky Nolasco, of a 4-year contract for $49 million. This can be considered good news. Regular readers of BYB know that we didn’t like the look of Nolasco, and recommended a pass on him in Arms Race Nearly Run.
The result of this is a free agent pool of starting pitchers that is even smaller than last week. With the holes in New York’s rotation still so glaring, the pressure is on the Front Office to take action.
Don’t get us Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jiminez, guys. We would like Matt Garza and Roy Halladay. Pretty please and thank you.
And the way things are going lately, the smart money should get placed on BYB’s picks.
*note-this was subsequently published on bleedingyankeeblue.com: http://bit.ly/1guEdYo
New York is unarmed. The Yankees have huge holes in their rotation right now, and these need to be filled. But with who?
This year’s crop of Free Agent pitchers was already thin. Most of the best options are already off the table. If the Yankees will win this arms race, they will need to act fast. First, let’s examine potential mistake signings.
Ricky Nolasco, 13-11 with a 3.70 ERA, should not be a priority. His lifetime ERA is an unimpressive 4.37 over eight seasons starting on the mound. He also believes he is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $16 million. Uh, no. Take a pass.
Jason Vargas has more encouraging stats. He’s a durable southpaw with a 3.97 ERA, and a lifetime record of 42-44. In other words, he’s just what the Yankees need behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. Perfect. If he weren’t asking so much. MLB.com reports he is looking for $30 million over three years. Pasadena.
Ubaldo Jimenez? No. Don’t let the strong second half of last season fool you. Jimenez has a delivery that wreaks havoc on his arm. He is made of glass. Danger, Will Robinson! Redrum! Redrum! Beware the Ides of March! We are saying we have no faith in Ubaldo. This is not a pass, this would be a fail.
This brings us to Ervin Santana. He is easily the most desirable starter still available. But while he had decent numbers last season, he still provokes red flags. He has had three 15 win seasons, but not in the last couple years. He’s only posted ERAs below 4.00 in consecutive seasons just one time. But season ERAs over 5.00? Uh, he has three of those.
Santana is expecting a contract of $112 million over 5 years. This would be why he is still available. While Ervin remains a potential fit for New York’s rotation, there is no way he is worth that much. But he’s the guy the Bronx might have to go with, simply due to the dearth of other options. Get him to be reasonable, then sign him.
But for his price tag, Santana would need to win 20 games in his first two seasons in Pinstripes. Do you think he can do that? Didn’t think so. The Front Office would get burned down for that fiasco.
Matt Garza appears to be the only realistic option for the Yankees. He is not a personal choice of this writer, but he is the biggest piece of gold left in the pan. He didn’t do so well with Texas. There, Garza posted a an ERA of 4.38 with a losing record of 4-5 over 13 starts.
But Garza made 60 starts in three years with the Chicago Cubs, posting a 3.45 ERA. And here’s something interesting, he does well in the AL East. Against the Red Sox, whom he has faced 18 times, Garza boasts a 7-4 record with a 3.83 ERA. Did that get your attention? It should.
His price tag should be significantly lower than previously mentioned Starters. Garza is only 30 years old, too. Considering what is or, more accurately, what isn’t available means he is the best option. Other teams are circling. New York should act fast.
Don’t forget Roy Halladay. The case was made for him in Pitching Fits. Doc is worth a long serious look. His veteran presence would stabilize New York’s pitching staff like nobody else.
Regardless of who the Yankees pick up, the arms race is almost over. And it’s one New York cannot afford to lose.
*note-this was subsequently published on bleedingyankeeblue.com: http://bit.ly/1jJI2Je
These die cast figures are from the short lived Micro Star Wars collection. They were released in the early 80’s after Empire Strikes Back. They never caught on.
Too bad, I really loved them. The Hoth Planet sets were awesome.
We are fam-uh-LEE!
I got all the Justice with ME!
There is a popular Star Wars internet meme that pops up from time to time. It talks about how, when Anakin Skywalker turned to the Dark Side and killed younglings, nobody blamed the lightsaber.
No. Nobody blamed the lightsaber. But it never should have fallen into Anakin Skywalker’s hands. Yoda, Mace Windu, and the Jedi Council could see this. They said no. They knew there was something terribly wrong with him. He shouldn’t own such a powerful weapon.
But Senator Palpatine, hungry for power and motivated by his religion, manipulated events so that the lightsaber would fall into the boy’s hands. He knew the violence that would come of it. Indeed, he planned on it. His future as Emperor hinged upon it.
The senator made greater and greater power grabs, finally ousting the elected leader. He began building an army of unquestioning clones to solidify his power base. He created conflict after conflict, sacrificing his minions along the way, to keep the people distracted from his selfish climb to the top.
Anakin was buffeted with war and tragedy, while his fears were played upon by this evil man. He eventually succumbed to the unrelenting fear and rage and did horrible things. He killed innocent people. Friends. Children.
Palpatine became Emperor. With all humanity stripped from him, Skywalker became Darth Vader. He continued to commit monstrous atrocities in the name of his religion. He justified to himself he was doing the right thing.
The Emperor continued to build the military to overwhelming numbers while flooding the galaxy with munitions. Soon, even a freighter captain couldn’t go anywhere without a sidearm, regardless of his seven foot tall Wookiee partner. The galaxy was ruled by violence and fear.
So, no, don’t blame the lightsaber. Blame a dark and greedy sub-culture justifying itself with religion and false patriotism, while glorifying violence and promoting fear. They created the atmosphere that put this weapon in the wrong man’s hands. And it caused the deaths of countless people.
Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
Don’t let them scare you.