Thursday, December 11, 2008

Of cups and lips and the best laid plans

Sure, the Yankees have gone out and signed CC Sabathia, and seem prepared to vastly overpay for A.J. Burnett.

But somehow, we find our mind wandering back to four years ago.

Does anyone remember how in 2005, the Yankees brought in the top two free agent pitchers (Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano) and traded for Randy Johnson to supplement a rotation which already had Kevin Brown and Mike Mussina.

At the time, it seemed almost unfair.

But even having secured the three top pitching prizes on the market that year, the Yankees still won six fewer games the next season and lost in the first round of the playoffs. The free agents were absolute busts, and the Big Unit was servicable, if unspectacular.

Moreover, the Yanks haven't played an inning of League Championship action since 2003, two seasons before their spree since 2004, the season before the signings. (We overlooked the '04 ALCS, because it was clearly so forgettable and not at all historic...or possibly because we are really dumb.)

We're just saying.

Update 12/12/08, for the benefit of Baseball Musings readers: We're not comparing CC to Jaret Wright at all...but the Yanks did bring in Big Unit (2.60 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, second in NL Cy Young voting in '04) and Pavano (3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, sixth in NL Cy Young voting '04). So we don't feel as out to lunch with this comparison as some might suggest. But feel free to set us straight.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

A similar idea was posted yesterday. Here's the link: http://searchingfor93.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/cc-sabathia-signs-with-yankees/

abigail breslin said...

Thanks for trying to cheer us up.

Ben said...

Not to quibble, but the Yankees did play some innings in the American League Championship in 2004...

Tao of Stieb said...

Quibble away...you are correct sir.

Warbo said...

CC is a stud but he's also a big tub'o goo which is to save he's probably more comfortable at the dinner table than on the treadmill. He's averaged more than 200 innings per season in the majors since he was 21 (more than 1659 in total since 2001, OUCH!)! The last two years he has thrown 241 and 253 innings. Can he possibly remain healthy even to the half way point of his contract?
And as for Burnett, without Doc and Arnsberg to support him, I think he will get eaten in New York, especially taking his mental health days for his minor boo boos like we have seen.
A hex on the Yankees......