picked up former stopper Andrew Bailey, who is recovering from a torn-up shoulder. He might be ready by August. They spent $2.5 million on him.
This comes as the brain trust had been claiming for weeks that there was no more money in the till, the cupboard was bare. Obviously, this was not true. In fact, the Yankees have no problem lying to their fan base. They do it commonly with injuries to players. (To be fair, most teams do; lying comes natural to all secretive, paranoid, super-rich organizations.)
The fact is, whenever the Yankees poor-mouth, they are lying. It's amazing - and sad - how the Gammonites seem to fall for it every time.
Our track record on resurrecting injured pitchers is less than spectacular. Last year, the Yankees tried with Dave Aardsma and Chin-Ming Wang. Years ago, they whiffed on Octavio Dotel, but got one decent season out of Jon Lieber. Scranton always has at least one former stud, trying to come back from surgery. It's part of baseball, I guess.
But now that we know the front office was bluffing about being penniless, the matter of Aledmys Dias becomes front and center. He's the 23-year-old Cuban SS looking for an MLB contract, expected to sign today or tomorrow. Supposedly, the Yankees are interested in him. Considering the state of their infield, he makes far more sense than a bullpen guy who won't be back until after the All-Star break.
So... was this a pre-emptive public relations strike, because they're not going after Dias? I hope not.
Listen: If you can't sell a kid from Cuba the notion that he could become the heir apparent to Jeter, that he could be the shortstop for the New York Yankees... well... either you are not trying hard - or you simply are not offering competitive money. There can be no honest excuse for either.
Of course, we know how the Yankees value honesty.
*That's a joke.