RynMan wrote:I don't think that this is an extremely smart move for the Yanks. Johnson can't dominate forever and considering he doesnt have any miniscus in his knee anymore, you cant expect him to continue pitching for 2 or 3 more years without the cartliage in that joint degenerating or becoming irritated.
I dunno, I just think the yanks' rotation has too many question marks hanging over it. - injuries, inconsistancy and guys in decline.....I dunno. I don't much like this rotation or Boston's.
So you think Vazquez is less of a question mark for inconcistency or injury? You would rather pay Vaz 34.5M over the next 3 years rather pay RJ 48M over the next 3 years? People talk like Vaz is getting paid 3M and would re-sign in 2008 after his contract is up for chump change (assuming he pitches well, which is at best dubious). If he pitches well in this market he would get 12M+ again...if he doesn't he is not worth squat. Either way, for the next 2 years, who would you rather have? It is not like the extra few million in salary is a major concern to George. Nor a prospect in Navarro that has been hyped up to sound like the next coming of Posada, but who in reality has not shown a lot as sportsblurb has noted:
Our farm system blows, Vazquez had blown and outside of some extra cash George has to spend, what is really the debate? Young does not mean better as Clemens and RJ and David Wells and a host of older pitchers have proven ove rthe last few years. Is it a calculated gamble that RJ stays healthy...sure. It would also be a calculated gamble to keep Vaz, save the money and hope he pitches well. Which would you feel more comfortable with if you are Cashman? Which pitcher strikes fear into tthe opposition?...certainly not gopher ball, bambi in the headlights Javy.