Thursday, October 18, 2007

Joe Is Out! Rejects $5 Mil+ Deal

Lifelong New York Yankees fan Martin Silver encourages passersby to sign a petition to save Joe Torre's job as manager of the Yankees during a rally he sponsored near Times Square in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007. Silver hopes to gather a million signatures to send to Tampa where the team's hierarchy has been meeting to decide whether Torre can keep the job he held for the past 12 seasons.

Shocker from Yahoo Sports! Joe is out as Yankee manager.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Joe Torre rejected a $5 million, one-year contract to return as manager of the New York Yankees on Thursday.

Torre, who had held the job since 1995, made an unannounced trip from New York to the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., accompanied by general manager Brian Cashman and chief operating officer Lonn Trost. Yankees president Randy Levine said Torre turned down the offer during the meeting, which lasted about one hour.

"It is now time for the New York Yankees to move forward," Levine said.

Torre made $7.5 million this year, the final season of a $19.2 million, three-year contract. His new deal would have included substantial bonuses for each round of the playoffs the team reached.

"We felt we needed to go to a performance-based mode," Levine said. "We thought it was very fair. It clearly was at the top of the market, but we respect Joe's decision."


What else could Joe do? That's a huge pay cut. If you were making $75 grand and you had won major awards for your company, then your pay was slashed to $50 grand, what would you do?

But who the hell is gonna run this team now? Mattingly can't do this. I would prefer Joe Giradi over him, but he's younger than some of the vets on the team. LaRussa is okay with me too, but people keep saying he's bad with the media. I don't care. If he could win a championship with that joke of a Cardinals team in '06, he can advance the '08 Yankees to the World Series.

Is Davey Johnson available? How come no one mentions him anymore?


Luke Cage said...

Bunch a bullshit. Torre should never have been given that stupid and insulting deal. They wanted that man to quit. What a shame. I hate the brass of the Yankees. All of them. Cashdick, Steinbummer, all of them. They need to bring dude back who built that Yankee team that won 4 titles back in the late 90's.

I always seem to draw a blank when I try to remember his name. That was before the brass went nuts trying to pick up all of the players and throw all of this sick pay at them. Now those were true teams. If I was A-Rod, I would leave the Yankees. With the quickness.

Too bad Randolph is running the Mets because I like him. If he weren't, how cool would it have been for Torre to go across town and manage the Yankees crosstown rivals? Sad day in NY!

Michelle Pessoa said...

The problem is a the GM level. Torre was never a great strategist, but the main reason why we haven't gotten back to the World Series since '03 has been the pitching that Torre was given to work with.

Whoever takes over for Torre will have to deal with a starting rotation consisting of three rookies, the suddenly unreliable Chien-Ming Wang and the aging and ornery Mike Mussina. Oh, and a piss-poor bullpen, which might not contain Mariano Rivera if he's sufficiently ticked off about how Joe was let go. Good luck handling that, whoever you are.

I think you're thinking of former GM Gene Michael. I'd love to see him as GM again. I also think Ron Guidry needs to be let go as pitching coach and they need to pick up Leo Mazzone, the architect of the Braves' pitching staff in the '90's. He was cut late last week by the Orioles.