The power of the Yankees is not what they can buy; it’s what they can eat

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As you listen to the TBS guys talk about Cliff Lee, potential free agent tonight and begin to despair over the fact that the Yankees can just buy any great player they want, remember that the true power of their financial resources is not best seen in the superstars they acquire. It’s best seen in the duds they endure:

The true muscle of the Yankees’ resources is not just outbidding the competition for Sabathia by $30 million. It is the ability to shrug off the mistakes like Jared Wright, Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa, Jeff Weaver, Kevin Brown and — soon to be added to this dubious list — A.J. Burnett.

Cashman has thrown away about $250 million on failed pitchers, and that’s a conservative estimate.

That’s from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger, making the point that I tend to forget way more than I should.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.