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Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:39 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 6:39 pm
 
Jorge PosadaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Throughout the next month, you'll hear every once in a while about players that have been placed on waivers. That doesn't mean your favorite team is going to release a star player, it's just that they're keeping their options open.

With that in mind comes this report from the New York Post that the Yankees have placed A.J. Burnett, Rafael Soriano and Jorge Posada on waivers.

All three are priced high enough that it's unlikely they'll be claimed. None of the three seem to be that appealing in a trade for another team, either.

Burnett is the team's No. 2 starter -- by payroll, if not performance. He has a record of 8-9 with a  4.23 ERA, but makes $16.5 million through 2013. He does have a limited no-trade clause, allowing him to block trades to 10 clubs.

Soriano signed a three-year, $35 million contract before the season to serve as Mariano Rivera's setup man. He's appeared in just 17 games this season and has allowed nine earned runs in 16 innings, while striking out 12 and walking 11. It's unlikely anyone will want to take on his contract, despite his 45 saves last season for the Rays.

Then there's Posada -- who has famously played for nobody but the Yankees in his 17 seasons. Posada is a free agent after the season, but appears headed for retirement. He's hitting just .236/.318/.382, starting 66 games at designated hitter and eight games at first base, all for $13.1 million.

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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 6:07 pm
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Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

For the amount of money the Yankees are paying these guys you could clothe and feed a small country.
Posada has served his time well and should be proud of his past 17 years, but it is time to go my friend.
Burnett uh...when will he wake up? and pitch already! His best years were when he was a Marlin.
Soriano....bust.....sorry.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

I'm a Yankees fan, and you're an imbecile



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

While I and most Yankees fans cringed at the site of Posada's name on this article, I understand the economics of it all.  He is not producing, he more than likely will not be resigned by NY next year, he probably will retire because of it (I don't see him playing for any other team) and I don't think the team or the fans will put up with another winter talk about him like we did last winter with Derek.  He doesn't have the clout Derek does, sure Dereks numbers are down both last year and this year, but at least he had the 3000 hit as a Yankee going for him, Posada doesn't ahve any of that.  Burnett is a complete bust, for teh money they are paying him.  His contract is a very good reason why TEAMS should ahve the right to renegotiate before the end of a contract just like the players do, or try to do.  Soriano was an experiment that just didn't work.  Do I see any other team taking any of these players, NO.



Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

Amazing what "sports fans" write on here.  It took me to page three to find a sensible worthwhile comment in this thread, that one from gopokes (I believe).  Just to add to this comment by gopokes, it was not a secret meeting between the Red Sox and Yankee execs that changed their philosophy on fielding a winner.  I believe they finally recognized what other teams were doing in developing winners.  Remember that while these two teams were trying to buy a championship throughout the '80s, they were falling short every year.  Meanwhile, the Twins, Blue Jays, Tigers, Cards, Royals etc. were the ones appearing in the post season and winning championships by developing a solid base of players internally and only buying when the missing pieces were but a few.

As for the comment of why don't owners spend more to try to win, this would be reasonable if we were talking about $80 to $100 million.  But the five or six big spenders are well above that total with the Red Sox and The Yankees well above $200 million.  It is hard to compete against them when they go out every year and pay ridiculous amounts for players based on the player's past performance.  So a team like the Marlins spends about $30 million a year on young developing players and wait for an opportunity to present itself where these young players, before free agancy is available to them, develop into a potential winner.  At this opportunity, the owner spends a bit more to bring in the last pieces, hopefully takes home a championship and then lets the free agents walk to the big spenders because they can not be outbid.  The building process starts all over again.  Marlins have had success twice in doing this.  Many of the lesser financially rich teams are doing this now.

Is there a solution to this problem in baseball?  Is it a problem?  Is it time for a salary cap (which the players will not accept)?  (And I don't agree with it neither unless the cost to fans going to games is directly reduced.)  I love the sport of baseball but in the last lock out, never once did I hear either side say that they needed to address the needs of the fans, such as making it affordable for families to attend more than a token game a year.

Lastly, why don't people keep their bikering and name calling off this site?  It would make it much more worthwhile reading.



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

Dear Brian8ball,

You're a dope.

Love,

Everyone


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:17 pm
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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

OH, let's see. YAZ had more than 3,400 hits (which is more than Jeter will end up with).  Boggs had 3,010 but only about 2,700 were as a Red Sox player so we won't count him.  Ted Williams ended up with just over 2,600 but of course he took 4 years off to serve his country and had a .344 career average.

You, my friend are a very angry loser...  GET A LIFE!!!!



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

Dear Brian8ball,

You're a dope.

Love,

Everyone




Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

Wow.  That's a lot of wasted cash.  


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