According to reports from the Yankee clubhouse, Joe Torre will not use Mariano Rivera tonight. While the Yanks’ closer and manager insist that number 42 is a paragon of health, this certainly raises my eyebrows. Last year around now, Rivera missed a month with a mysterious elbow injury that started with a few days’ extra rest after a few ineffective appearances by the Sandman. Is history repeating itself?
(Check out which former Yanks’ son is having his shot blocked by Brackman in the photo)
As you’ve certainly heard by now, the Yanks signed first round pick Andrew Brackman to a monster contract. A Major League contract in fact. It’s nuts, I know. But hey, Damon Oppenheimer & Co. trust their people and believe the risk is worth the reward, and I can’t help but agree. I’ve noticed quite a few people around the interweb trying to figure out how the hell this deal works, and that’s what I’m here to explain.
Before we start dissecting the deal, let’s first understand the terms of the contract:
- Four years, $4.55M guaranteed Major League deal
- $3.35M signing bonus included
- Roster and performance bonuses can push the value of the contract to upwards of $13M.
The contract would be simple enough to understand if say, Brackman was a 10-year big league vet just looking to change teams. Then it’s simple; it’d be like every other free agent contract given out in the history of man. But he’s not, so the deal gets a bit more complicated.
…my first pitch to Gary Sheffield is a fastball right under his chin on Saturday. Sheff can’t keep saying stuff like and not get a response from some Yankee pitcher.
Triple-A Scranton (9-6 win over Syracuse)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 HBP – picked off first
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2N, 1 HR, 4 RBI – who are you and what have you done with the Attorney General??? (13 for his last 27 with 4 doubles, a triple & a homer)
Kevin Thompson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Eric Duncan: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – must be pissed that I left him off my top 30…
Wil Nieves: 2 for 4
The Ghost of Kei Igawa’s Ghost: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 7-5 GB/FB – gave up only 2 homers…
Brian Bruney: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB
Jose Veras: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
With that home run, Ron Villone has now given up 5 runs over his last 6.1 IP. He’s allowed all of the runners he’s inherited since then to score as well. Tell me again why he’s on the big league roster while Chris Britton wastes away at AAA. Oh right, he is, in th words of Michael Kay, a “consummate professional.” Glad we cleared that one up.
Way to go, Moose. 4-0 with one out in the top of the first. After A-Rod’s error, that’s just so predictably Mike Mussina.
The Onion takes on the Yankees, and it’s hilarious. If you’re adverse to the F-word, probably don’t click that link as The Onion managed to refer to the f***ing Yankees 19 times right there.