It was minor as transactions go. Luis Vizcaino declined the offer of arbitration from the Yankees yesterday. Instead of haggling over a one-year deal with the Yankees, he elected to remain a free agent.
The Viz is represented by Bean Stringfellow and if you’re an agent who represents relief pitchers, this is your lucky winter.
If Scott Linebrink (71 games, 70.1 innings, 68 hits, 25 walks, 50 strikeouts) got four years and $19 million. Vizcaino (77 games, 75.3 innings, 66 hits, 43 walks, 62 strikeouts in the AL East) has to be worth at least $3.75 million a year.
But we all know The Viz was abused last season. The 77 appearances were a career high and he had was called a “tired shoulder” at one point. You want to give him three years and $11 million?
The Yankees almost certainly need to sign or trade for a veteran innings-eater for their bullpen. You can’t count on Kyle Farnsworth and assorted kids. If it’s not The Viz, it’ll be LaTroy Hawkins, Ron Mahay or somebody else.
Me? I let the Viz get his money elsewhere.