I will be surprised if I walk into the Yankees clubhouse at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Kyle Farnsworth is there.
If there is a last straw, yesterday was it.
Farnsworth walked a batter with a six-run lead then gave up a home run. That’s bad enough. But that the guy is not an especially good pitcher is hardly breaking news.
It’s what happened later that punched his ticket out of town.
Farnsworth allowed a two-out single to Nick Markakis. With Kevin Millar at the plate, Jorge Posada called for a slider and Farnsworth threw a fastball. The ball hit Posada on his wrist and he was charged with a passed ball.
Posada walked slowly to retrieve the ball then stared at Farnsworth. Posada was lucky he didn’t break a bone. When a catcher is gearing his body to catch a breaking pitch and gets a 97-mph fastball, it’s dangerous.
When Posada went to the mound, Farnsworth turned his back on him and Alex Rodriguez had to settle Posada down.
Later, once we got in the clubhouse, Posada didn’t have much to say about the incident. But Farnsworth said, “we’ll see” when asked if everything was OK with Posada. He then complained about how little he has been used lately.
“I donâ€™t like it at all,” he said. “I didnâ€™t come here to sit on the bench. That definitely doesnâ€™t help.”
Farnsworth hasn’t been pitching because the Yankees need victories and he cannot be trusted. I also strongly suspect he was being hidden from the eyes of opposing scouts in the hopes of maintaining whatever trade value he has.
Now the Yankees are in a position of weakness. Clearly they need to trade Farnsworth, yet they owe him $7.3 million.
Still, he has to go. His innings can be replaced and clearly he’s a bad fit. He showed up Joe Torre a few weeks ago and now Posada.
Farnsworth tries to be one of those old-school, tough-guy relievers who intimidates with physical presence and a big fastball. It works for some guys, not for others. Scott Proctor and Brian Bruney have tried to copy his style with poor results. Trading Farnsworth would help them.
The Yankees have been trying for two years now to get Farnsworth to trust his slider and mix his pitches. It’s what the Cubs, Tigers and Braves also tried to do. If he gets traded, it would be his fifth team in four years.
That would be no coincidence.
As for that the Yankees can get for him, Brian Cashman has 27 hours to figure that out.