Yankees sign three more…when will it stop?

December 13, 2008 | Drew Forrester

Completing a serious early December signing-surge, the New York Yankees today announced the signing of three players to major league contracts.

Seeking a right-handed pitcher to fill the void left by the departed Carl Pavano, the Yankees have inked veteran right hander Bob Gibson to a 3-year contract worth $45 million.  Gibson, who just turned 73 on November 9, gives the team an experienced hurler with big-game experience.

“Gibby has pitched in three World Series’,” says Yanks’ GM, Brian Cashman.  “He knows what it’s like to throw under big game pressure.  His lifetime World Series ERA is 1.89 in 18 games.  The man knows how to get people out when it matters most.”

Gibson’s most recent action was in the Penbroke (FLA) Retirement Village A-League (over 65) where he struck out 127 of 128 batter’s faced in a 6-week Fall schedule.

The Yankees also bolstered their offense by signing Hall of Famer Rod Carew to a 3-year contract worth $32.8 million.

“Figuring out Rod’s salary was easy, we just took his lifetime batting average (.328) and gave that to him in millions,” said Cashman.  “Rod said his swing is still there…this past October in a charity benefit game in Arizona, he went 5-for-6 against Baltimore’s Brian Burres.”

And in their final move, New York inked Alejandro Da Silva Pujols to a 30-year contract worth $210 million. ‘Little Al’ is the 9-year old son of St. Louis Cardinals MVP Albert Pujols and is 6’2″, 225 lbs. and in 4th grade at Needle Elementary School in St. Louis.

“This could be our best signing of the the three,” said Cashman.  “The little guy hit .870 for the Bellerive Hawks in the St. Louis little league system last summer.  We’re confident we’re getting good value here.  By the time he’s 25, the per-season salary for a guy his caliber might be $40 million a year.”