Anybody Got a Leit?
Haha, a play on Al Leiter's name! So original and hillarious!
Well he's back in pinstripes for 2006 after agreeing to a minor league deal:
"He'd be an insurance policy," GM Brian Cashman said. "He would come in to compete for the bullpen to get lefties out like he was doing in the playoffs. That is what we are talking to him about."
After seven seasons with the Mets, Leiter last year had a disastrous half-season with the Marlins, going 3-7 with a 6.64 ERA before being released. The Yanks picked him up when their rotation was in disarray. Leiter's final numbers as a Yankee were not pretty (4-5, 5.49). But he made a couple of critical starts and Joe Torre trusted Leiter enough to use him four times out of the pen in the five-game Division Series loss to the Angels.
Ok, for the record, he wasn't getting people out in the playoffs, and if he's competing to try and repeat that performance, there's trouble. Leiter's 2005 post season stats:
3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7.38 ERA.
And yet he's going to compete with Myers and Villone?
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 9:30 PM