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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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Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:03 am
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

Here's hoping the Phils can sign Soriano if he clears waivers. If he can perform postseason, can't hurt to have another veteran arm in the pen.


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:02 am
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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:53 am
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Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:53 am
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

My point exactly.  Last year Bautista was the home run king and nobody blinked an eye.. This year he's on pace to break his homers from last year... Yes I shall agree Pujos has been consistant for years.. But if Bautista is an 8 million dollar man per year and can win (still plenty of time but still leading in HR's) than Pujos cant demand $15 million or more a year because if they go to arbitration every team will use Bautista's numbers.. Perhaps this is a good thing for baseball.  Teams going to Arbitration now have Bautista's numbers and salary to use against any top star who thinks they deserve to be greedy.  I'm not calling Bautista a superstar for years, but he has proved himself last year and now this year with a fresh start in Toronto. There's no denying he's for real and consistant.  I hope to see more from him for years to come.



Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:39 am
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

"Posada ... Old, slow, no production.  AJ .. overpaid, high ERA and more years.   Soriano .. over 2 more years, overpaid, hasn't done anything this year.   Spanks made their own bed, now they have to sleep in it.   NONE OF THESE GUYS ARE TRADABLE.    NEXT"


Lackey, Wakefield, J.D. Drew will be on waivers by weeks end. Next.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:22 am
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

Posada ... Old, slow, no production.  AJ .. overpaid, high ERA and more years.   Soriano .. over 2 more years, overpaid, hasn't done anything this year.   Spanks made their own bed, now they have to sleep in it.   NONE OF THESE GUYS ARE TRADABLE.    NEXT



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:21 am
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

what was the point of this article?



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:16 am
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

zzzz



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:04 am
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

GoPokes:  Thank you for a sensible reply!



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:02 am
 

Report: Yankees place Posada, others on waivers

As a Red Sox fan I'm not at all surprised to see the Yankees put these guys on waivers - the Red Sox have done the same thing before with players who are aging or are simply not performing or performing well enough to want to keep.  The sox had also placed Manny Ramirez on waivers every year from 2005 until he finally left the team on bad terms that were well reported.  Even with how much both of our teams spend it is always nice to try and free up some money when you have the opportunity.  Every dollar that is taken off of the payroll means that the respective team saves money twice - the first is getting the salary off of the books and that savings alone followed by the end of year bill for which the luxury tax from that season is based.  So, if you can get someone like AJ Burnett off of your payroll you can take a portion of his salary and a portion of his deferred signing bonus off of your books resulting in a lower payment to the MLB in the form of luxury taxes - every penny counts.
 
One thing that has changed for both teams since Cashman took over as Yankees GM and Epstein took over as GM of the Red Sox - both teams have prospering farm systems despite trading a lot of the players annually to fill in missing pieces but what is interesting is that neither roster is made up solely of players who were drafted by another franchise like both teams used to do in the late 90's.  In order to compete with one another financially I think that there must have been a secret meeting between the ownership of the sox and the Steinbrenners because it was weird how the priorities changed so drastically and both teams adopted the idea of having a strong farm system within weeks of one another.  It is interesting to wonder what would have happened if both the Yankees and Red Sox had continued to field their rosters solely from free agency and trades/salary pay offs.  If you think that the payrolls are high now you can only wonder how high the salaries would have been if both teams had not started to rely more on their farm systems.

Anyways, I digress.  I don't see anybody picking up many or any of the guys listed for varied reasons.  Yes, Jorge is old and likely to retire and i also think that he has a no-trade clause which he is likely to invoke if someone attempts to pick him up on waivers - I think he will play-out this season and will call it quits at the end, it's too bad that he couldn't really kick some butt in the DH role because if he could have (and he still has time but it is starting to run out) he could have received another 1-2 year extension but unfortunately I think that Jorge has hit the wall that all players must evenutally face. 
With AJ Burnett I think that nobody will pick him up because of his salary and for that reason alone.  There are few teams in baseball who can pay the kind of money AJ Burnett is paid - the list is less than 5 teams long and heck, if you added him to a team like the Pirates or the Marlins you would see their entire team payroll go up 50% - that's really sad that so many teams are spending SO little - I know that a lot of teams do not have the resources of the Red Sox, Yankees, Angels, Tigers, Chi Sox, and Texas when it comes to spending for players but I think that there are a lot of owners out there making a LOT of money off of baseball because they are fielding teams just good enough to put butts in the seats but are not spending very much on their rosters.  Again, I know that there is a big difference in available resources but I cannot see how a team like the Marlins with their tv contracts, endorsement deals, and the sale of a decent # of tickets nightly cannot spend more than $32 million on their roster.  The owner has to be taking home $50-80 million annually from the operation of the team and such a cheap roster.

I wouldn't be surprised that Rafael Soriano is picked up by somebody because hsi cost isn't that excessive and I really think that he is just struggling - he might do well under the lights of a far less popular team where he can stop being so nervous about how he looks and can focus on his pitching because he has really good stuff as evidenced by his prior work with the Rays last year and the Braves before that - he's always been good until he came to NY - his pitching sounds a lot like what happened with David Aardsma who is now the closer for the Mariners - the minute he left the bright lights of Fenway he became dominant. 


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