15 worst New York Yankees free agent signings in franchise history
11. Tony Womack: Two Years, $4 Million, 2004-05 Offseason
Tony Womack: Extremely frustrating with the Arizona Diamondbacks! Extremely good with the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals! Extremely disappointing with the 2005 Yankees! Over, and over, and over again, so it goes.
Coming off a resurgent campaign for the '04 Cards -- the team that lost the World Series to the Red Sox and deserves eternal scorn -- Womack inked a two-year, $4 million deal with the Yankees to help stem the losing tide resulting from the 2004 ALCS. He joined such luminaties as Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano in that free agent class.
That should work!
Unfortunately, Womack -- who hit .307 with 26 stolen bases for the Cards -- could barely hit his weight in New York, parlaying his exceptional speed into a .249 average and .276 OBP. Bunt! All the time! You'll probably hit .280!
He stole 27 bases in 108 games somehow (Joe Torre condoned that?), but posted a 50 OPS+ one year after earning a 91 mark. Never an offensive dynamo, this was still somehow his very bleakest year.
Brian Cashman: Stop! Signing! Rivals! And Pretending They're Gonna Be Stars!