So to everybody out there who's reading the chatter and rumors and analysis, and either seriously considering wanting Matt Thornton in the bullpen next year or already craving him, let me say this.
Stop it. Just stop it. The Yankees don't need Matt Thornton in the bullpen next season anymore than they need A.J. Burnett to be a part of the bullpen next season. Let's review the current lay of the land out there beyond right field:
- Mariano Rivera (greatest closer of all time)
- Dave Robertson (best setup man in baseball in 2011)
- Rafael Soriano (former closer/setup man with shutdown stuff when healthy)
- Boone Logan (serviceable LOOGY most of the time)
- Cory Wade (above-average middle innings guy)
- Joba Chamberlain (solid career reliever who should be back by late summer)
- Hector Noesi (above-average reliever who should be a starter but could get bumped back to the long man role)
I get that Matt Thornton is nasty, I do. In the right situation, it would make perfect sense to bring in a guy with a career K/9 slightly below 10 and a very low HR/9 rate who murders left-handed hitting. But when the situation is what it currently is in the Yankee 'pen, and adding this lefty murderer is going to cost prospects as well as 2 years and $12 million, that just doesn't make sense. It's like spending time putting expensive rims on a Maybach. It's already a badass fucking car, it doesn't need anything else gaudy on it. Just leave it alone and let it be badass.
In short, just say "No" to Matt Thornton.