NEW YORK (CAP) - The New York Yankees continue to pull out all the stops in an attempt to save their fledgling season, announcing the signing of Yankee greats Ron Guidry and Goose Gossage to one-year deals. Both are expected to be on the 25-man active roster by the end of the month.
"The Yankee organization recognizes a deficiency in the product that we have put on the field so far this season," said club owner George Steinbrenner in a statement. "Therefore, we have taken steps to bring aboard players who only know how to do one thing, and that's win."
Yankees manager Joe Torre had known for a couple of days that a deal was in the works to add more players beyond just Roger Clemens. However, he reportedly told a friend he didn't figure the two players signed would have a combined age of 111.
"With this move, the Yankees are saying to the rest of the league, listen, we're the Yankees, and we've got the money to resurrect Lefty Gomez if we want to," said baseball analyst Peter Gammons during a phone interview with CAP News. "Other than that, I don't get it."
According to Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman, the two deals are worth a combined $43 million and do include the option to extend beyond the 2007 season. Cashman said they're also laden with incentives, including a $500,000 bonus if each pitcher can lace up his own cleats without assistance and walk to the mound without needing to be carried at all.
"Here I was, trying to get a deal done for Roger and [Randy] Hendricks is all text messaging me about two other people he wants me to talk to," said Cashman. "It's brilliant! If we can pull one guy out of retirement, why can't we pull three. Or five. Someone get me Dick Tidrow on the phone."
Cashman confirmed that the Yankees are indeed trying to sign Sparky Lyle for a possible pennant run. He said Steinbrenner had also inquired about bringing back Thurman Munson and that it took some convincing to explain to him why that wouldn't be possible.
- CAP News Staff