Feb
24

Grading the Yanks’ veteran pitching acquisitions

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This offseason was like many others for the Yanks, who brought in a pair of veteran starting pitchers like so many times before. The Baseball Crank took a look at all of the veteran pitchers the Yanks have picked up each offseason dating all the way back to 1975, and concludes basically what you’d expect: sometimes they’ve struck gold, and other times they haven’t (to put it nicely). The highlight for me was being reminded of just how great Jimmy Key was for the Bombers, even though he never seems to get any credit. Make sure you check it out, lots of interesting stuff in there. (h/t Pinto)

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  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    The REAL #22, and the only jersey I own.

    LOVED watching Jimmy Key pitch. One of my all time faves to this day.

  • Mike Pop

    Jimmy Key? What’s he like 45?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I could hit him.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I could hit him.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Me: 1
        You: 0

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          You’ll rue the day, Matt.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            I’ll take Anal Bum Cover for $2,000, Tommie.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              - I would have also accepted “Ruff”.

              – Ah, “rough”, just the way your mother likes it, Trebek!

              • Joey
              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                –This is the sound a doggy makes.

                –Moo.

                –No.

                –Well, that’s the sound your mother made last night.

                • Mike Pop

                  I’ll take The-Rapists for 400, Alex.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  Give me…uuuhhhhh, the uuuuh Ape Tit thing.

                • Mike Pop

                  Hey ah, I speak a lil french. Your an asswipe, pardon my french.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Welcome back to Celebrity Jeopardy. Before we begin round two, I’d like to remind our contestants to please refrain from using racial slurs.

                • Joey

                  Connery: Well well well Trebek, fancy seeing you here, it’s been awhile
                  Trebek: Not long enough
                  Connery: Thats not what your mother said last night

                  http://www.videospider.tv/Vide.....44688.aspx

              • Joey
      • iamthewalrus

        No…you couldn’t, trust me.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Now that you’ve reminded me about Britt Burns, Doyle Alexander, and trading Doug Drabek for Rich Rhoden, I won’t sleep all night.

  • Nady Nation

    Ah the good ol’ days of Black Jack McDowell. I was at the game where he flipped everyone off walking off the mound. The back page of the Post’s headline the next day was naturally “Jack-Ass!”

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      I forgive him for that, but not for losing the 95 ALDS.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        If only Buck knew what he had in Mariano.

        • Mike Pop

          That’s why he wants Joba in the pen.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The back page of the Post’s headline the next day was naturally “Jack-Ass!”

      I believe the Page 6 cartoon that day was two officers shooting a Jack and an Ace from a deck of playing cards and saying “Looks like they’ll have to find someone else to pitch for the Yankees…”

      • steve (different one)

        IETC

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    Melido Perez? An A+ …?

    … seriously?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Meh, in 1992 and 1994 he was pretty good. And all we game up for him was Steve Sax, he was decent but not outstanding. Plus, Sax was bound to get in trouble with the law at some point once the cops were able to pin that unsolved murder on him…

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      You’re right. He never pitched a full season after his brilliant first year, and was paid 4.6 mil for 1996 when he didn’t pitch at all. I doubt the Yankee front office would rate that an A+.

      Here’s his explanation

      “I used established performance levels in reverse, weighting the first season at 3, the second season at 2, and the third season at 1. I had considered doing a less front-loaded weighting, but given that (1) the Yankees are almost always in win-now mode, (2) so many of these guys were gone after one or two years and (3) the quality of the first season usually determined how long they would last with the team, I’m comfortable with a weighting heavily tilted towards the first year.”

      So the guys who had big first years get overrated. Looked at as a whole, Melido wasn’t an A+ decision. The trade was pretty good, though.

      “January 10, 1992: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with Domingo Jean and Bob Wickman to the New York Yankees for Steve Sax.”

      Sax was shot and Wickman became a solid reliever for the Yanks.

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        And Wickman got us Graeme Lloyd. :)

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Yeah, I would have rather have kept Wickman.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          And Graeme Lloyd got us Roger Clemens.

          So the Melido Perez trade was clearly an A+++.

          (It would have been an A++++, but I had to deduct a plus for the fact that crazy-ass Roger has a guy rub hot sauce on his balls for him.

          • steve (different one)

            plus Lloyd came out swinging in that game where Armando Benitez hit Tino in the back…

            http://thejamootz.com/kingtom/img/brawl052098.jpg

            see if you can pick out the 6’7″ Australian…

            • jsbrendog

              who’s the other tall dude in the way too short jacket? jeff nelson?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Heh, I was playing around with B-R and noticed this chain of events:

            The Yankees signed amateur free agent pitching prospect Rafael Medina out of Panama in 1992. (Probably because we’d been scouting Panama City for a while and found Mo there two years earlier, but I digest.)

            We then traded him, along with fellow IFA Ruben “Glovestealer” Rivera to San Diego to get Hideki Irabu on the eve of the 1997 season.

            The Padres flipped him (along with Derrek Lee) after the season to the Marlins for… 1997 World Champion Kevin Brown, who we beat in that 1998 World Series. Brown parlayed those back-to-back good postseason showings in ’97 and ’98 into a fat 7-year free agent contract with the Dodgers.

            Meanwhile, when we soured on Irabu after the ’99 season, we sent him to the Expos, who were desperate for a quality ML starter, for prospect Jake Westbrook and two players to be named later. Those two players turned out to be prospects Christian Parker and Ted Lilly. Like Irabu earlier, we eventually became enamored of a new flamethrowing pitcher named Jeff Weaver, so we traded Lilly and draft picks John-Ford Griffin and Jason Arnold in a three team deal to get Weaver.

            And of course, when Weaver bombed out, we traded him (and prospects Yhency Brazoban and Brandon Weeden) to the Dodgers for… Kevin Brown.

            • jsbrendog

              funny how it is all connected so nice and tidy like

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Anyone remember the secret to Wickman’s sinking fastball?

    • steve (different one)

      no fingertips?

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        DING DING DING!

        Lost part of a finger in a childhood farming accident.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Steroids?

    • Joey

      Gravy?

      • Mike R. – Retire 21

        Not licking his fingers after eating KFC?

  • Rob

    What’s the story for why Key left? Did they think he wouldn’t stay healthy?

    • jsbrendog

      i thouhgt he retired after winning in 96

      • jsbrendog

        hmm, apparently he went to baltimore and had 2 pretty good seasons. weird

  • iamthewalrus

    JK had maritial probs.