The Ells deal is ridiculous! So much for believing that the Yanks were going to become "frugal".
I liked Salty and thought he should be retained. Based on what he took from the Marlins, he wasn't holding a gun to Ben's head and asking for the moon, so clearly they simply didn't want him.
Interesting to me that they went with a guy who has a history with Nieves to handle the pitching staff while waiting for Vasquez. No one knows a catcher's strengths and weaknesses like a pitching coach. One thing I can recall about AJ is that I never liked to see him coming up against us when it counted. His offense should be a slight improvement over Salty who I believe will be hard-pressed to duplicate his 2013 numbers. But mostly I think he's a veteran compliment to Ross and one-year place-holder and I like Vasquez enough to be happy with that.