This one is really to irritate His Monkness.
The Phillies have signed Flash Gordon to a three year, $18 million contract. Gordon will replace Billy Wagner as the Phils' closer. Monk never liked Flash though I thought he was pretty darned good setup man though he certain didn't have the imperturbability of Mariano when it counted. If you want to contend seriously you need a real closer and they had to replace Wagner. It's a bunch of money though for a 38 year old closer and is pushing Farnsworth's value higher. He does have the advantage now of closing in the softer league. Good luck to a good citizen.