Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Yankees close in on Farnsworth

The New York Yankees and FA RHP Kyle Farnsworth moved closer to a 3yr/$17m deal Wednesday with sources claiming that only the physical was needed to rubber stamp the move.

Farnsworth, who blows 100 MPH gas closed for Atlanta last season after being traded by the Detroit Tigers and went 10 for 10 in Save Opportunities but struggled in the NLDS against the Astros. To go with his power arm, Farnsworth has always had a good slider but scouts have commented that it has been worked on in Atlanta and if now flat out filthy.

The 29 year-old is expected to add a live arm to the 'pen but Yankee officials are said to be upping negotiations with Flash Gordon as they see having both of these guys working to get to Rivera in the 9th as the way forward. Gordon, who has impressed with the Bombers throughout his two seasons in the Bronx is exploring several options, but he hasn't ruled out staying on in THTRB as a setup man although his preference is to close somewhere.

Three years and 17 million dollars isn't the worst deal you'll ever see and considering the way the market has been so far this off season then maybe the Yankees have for once not overpaid a player. I have liked Farnsworth's arm for a long time and think that this is a good move for the ball club as they look to add depth to a 'pen which was chronically exposed during the last campaign.

Farnsworth and Flash setting up for Mo, it's a nice thought...

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