Discussion in 'Baseball' started by sportsaholic, Dec 25, 2006.
I guess the D'backs want him back!
Even though the Yuckees have darn near an unlimited amount of capitol to work with to pay the outlandish salaries they do, it's a heck of a lot to pay $16 million for a near washed up, mediocre pitcher. He never really lived up to the expectations the Yucks had for him, so to me this comes as no surprise.
Well, I think the D'backs want him to bring fans in to Chase Field. I don't think they expect him to make a difference.
I wonder if he would ever be considered to play a role as a middle reliever or set up man in AZ. It might prolong his career.
As a Yankees fan, I'm glad he's gone. It's good the Yankees, his own legacy, and frees more money. I don't get why the D-Backs would spend $16M on him. Aren't they supposedly trying to rebuild a team? They've got a top 3 farm system and players are ready to come up. If they want veteran leadership, they've got Webb and Livan Hernandez. Seems like a waste of money to me.
There's always a chance they're wanting to see future Hall of Famer retire as a Diamond Back. From what I understand it's a two year deal with $14 million a year, but it's laden with incentive clauses.
I guess it's a decent way to make for Arizona for all the history that they want to build to thear team with a little extra "prestige" but it just still seems asinine to me to take old ass Johnson back. He can't pitch at all anymore.
Johnson is still a good pitcher, and I think he'll probably finish around 14-10 this year, and will miss some starts with some sort of injury. I think the Diamondbacks have a lot of good young players on that team, and they have the reigning Cy Young in Webb, now with the addition of Johnson they have a chance to make some noise in the National League.
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