Friday, April 21, 2017
With Alex Rodriguez no longer in the DH picture after batting .200 in 65 games and being released last Aug. 13, the Yankees were in the market for his replacement in the offseason.
Among the hitters they had contact with was Eric Thames, who was looking to return to the big leagues after spending three seasons punishing pitchers in Korea.
“We talked to his agent, but the financial considerations weren’t a match,’’ general manager Brian Cashman said of the 30-year-old Thames, a lefty swinging first baseman/outfielder.
Thames must have gotten a lot more money than Matt Holliday since the financial considerations weren’t a match, right?
Thames, a 39th-round pick of the Yankees in 2007 when he was a sophomore eligible out of Pepperdine who didn’t sign, inked a three-year deal with the Brewers in November for $16 million.
Yeah, $16M over three years for a 30-year-old player who hadn’t done anything in MLB does seem a bit risky. You could end up with Yasmany Tomas or Rusney Castillo.
In early December, the Yankees signed 37-year-old Matt Holliday to a one-year contract for $13 million to be their DH.
Whereas $13M for ONE season for a 37-year-old coming off the worst season of his career is a good one.
This all makes sense to me. Why would you want to pay Thames $3M for two more years?
See, even with the Yankees at 10-5, we can find things to complain about if we apply ourselves.
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