Spoke to Brian Cashman tonight about the signing of Damaso Marte. Basically it came down to this: They need a reliable lefty out of the pen and the deal they signed him to was a reasonable one.
How so? Consider these contracts signed last winter by lefty relievers:
Scott Schoeneweis (Mets): three years, $10.8 million
J.C. Romero (Phillies): three years, $12 million
Jamie Walker (Orioles): three years, $12 million
That’s the market. Had Marte started taking offers, he might have done better.
â€œWe looked at him over a broad range of his work. His stuff is there and finding a left-hander has been difficult,â€ Cashman said. â€œI canâ€™t say exactly what his role will be, but he can pitch from the fifth inning through to the eighth.â€
Cashman said when he asked the lefty hitters on his club what they thought of Marte, they said his stuff remains nasty. Marte also has the unqualified endorsement of one Mariano Rivera.