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Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Posted on: December 12, 2008 5:30 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2008 7:02 pm

Apparently, one of the amenities at the luxurious new $1.3 billion Yankee Stadium is a printing press.

For money.

That, or it sits on a gold mine.

In yet another one of those moments that will have the New York Yankees and their fans bursting with pride and will leave the rest of the game's blood vessels bursting in anger, the Yankees have bestowed a five-year, $82.5 million deal on free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett, has confirmed.

This only two days after the Yanks signed CC Sabathia to a seven-year, $161 million deal.

The way the Yankees are collecting initials in their alphabet soup of liquid gold, perhaps the week's biggest surprise was that they somehow allowed reliever J.J. Putz to land crosstown with the Mets.

The Burnett deal is not yet official because he must take a physical exam and final language details are being finalized, according to sources.

The Sabathia deal hasn't been formally announced, either, for the same reasons.

Soon, the Yankees are going to need their own air-traffic control. They've got gold-plated starting pitchers stacking up on their runway like airliners.

And there's more to come. The Yankees intend to sign yet one more starting pitcher, probably either Andy Pettitte or Ben Sheets.

Then, on the seventh day, perhaps general manager Brian Cashman will rest.

"There's always work to be done," Yankees captain Derek Jeter said the other day in Las Vegas, after word broke at the winter meetings that Sabathia would wear pinstripes. "Cash was pretty hopeful in wanting to improve some things."


How about the auto industry? The mortgage industry? And, maybe, the bankers while he's at it?

Sabathia can opt out of his contract after three years if he so desires, but if he stays for all seven, the Yankees will have committed $243.5 million to Sabathia and Burnett.

Add them to Chien-Ming Wang, Joba Chamberlain, Pettitte or Sheets and Phil Hughes, and the Yankees rotation today, on paper, by far is better than it was at any time in 2008.

Now, Burnett still could go all Carl Pavano on them. For most of his career, he's been the classic Nuke LaLoosh character from Bull Durham, the classic million-dollar-arm, 10-cent-brain guy. His shoulder and elbow always seem one pitch away from sending him to the trainer's room. In nearly 10 years, he's made 30 or more starts exactly twice.

And gee, coincidentally, those two times came in the seasons in which he was eligible for free agency.

Wait. On second thought, nobody can be as big a hypochondriac as Pavano.

Anyway. The Yankees are loading themselves so audaciously that they will have plenty of insurance against an injury here or an underachieving year there by a particular pitcher.

It's breathtaking and sickening, all at once.

"The commissioner just got done telling us we need to tighten our belts because of the economy," an executive with one of the smaller market clubs said during the winter meetings, referring to Bud Selig's advising clubs not to get too cocky coming off of a record revenue season at the owners' meetings in November. "And the Yankees are continuing to do things none of the rest of us can do.

"We're all supposed to be careful in this economy, while they can do whatever they want? It's a joke."

And that was when the Yankees had only signed Sabathia.

The rich-blooded opponents at their own private country club, of course, will have a chance to do something.

And the way the Yankees are raging through this winter, it should be making Mark Teixeira smile. The Yankees' moves can't help but pressure the Boston Red Sox to do something big to improve themselves, and the best thing they could do at this point is ensure that Teixeira is swinging at Fenway Park in 2009 and not for the Angels, Nationals or Orioles.

As for the Atlanta Braves, who made Burnett their No. 1 free agent target, they can go back to shopping at the thrift shops. They made a strong presentation to the right-hander, reportedly increased their offer to five years and did all they could to land him.

Their misfortune, simply, was targeting someone the Yankees wanted.

The nerve.


Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2008 11:12 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Dear anti-NYY fans, SHUT UP! NYY hasnt won anything in 8 years. Let them spend $1trillion. They still need a CF, 1B, 2B and a 3B who can hit outside of April. did I mention middle relief? BOS, METS, LAA even BAL at one time spends gazillion dollars and only BOS wins. Quit cryin; just wait for the Steinbrenner bros. to screw it up more.

Since: Aug 24, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2008 10:54 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Dear Red Sox Fan,

I am sorry that you do not share in the joy of the 2008 off-season as I do. I am proud that the Yankees choose to invest in the team, and I do agree with you on one point-I will enjoy watching the Yankees in 2009 as well.

Enjoy the Winter in Boston

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2008 10:04 pm

Yet another reason why I hate the NY Yankees

Oh give me a home,
where the money just flows,
and an owner who doesn't think twice,
bout pulling the trigger,
making payroll much bigger,
cause no one else can pay such a price.

Home, Home of the Yankees,
Where George is always making the call,
Well I don't think it right,
and I'll scream with all my might
but it won't really matter at all.


Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2008 8:31 pm

Yankees machine poops out Burnett

This is why the Yankees are so hated.  They try to buy everything.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2008 6:41 pm
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Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2008 6:23 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

You know whats funny reading this it's only half true.  Listen none these owners mind when they take they Yankee money at the end of the year. The Yankee's keep these small market team running. For the longest time before this last year the Rays couldn't sell out until the Yankee came to town and it's like that threw out the whole league!!  Number 27 is coming!!!

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2008 6:11 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

They are haters that's why they report half of the story!!!

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2008 5:53 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

This is EXACTLY why I am no longer a Yankee fan. After the constant disappointments.......and 1,000% more exacerbated by the signing of Sabathia and Burnett and the $$$$ these aholes dump on players, the cost of seats at the new Stadium, the arrogance of the Steinbrenner family. I've had it. Its really sad.....after 33 years of rooting for the likes of Nettles, Randolph, Dent, Pinella, Chambliss, Munson, Mattingly, O'Neil, Brosius, Martinez, Bernie, Jorge, Mo and DJ....this is not the same organization. Bye Bye Yankees. I hope you choke on all your f'ing money.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2008 1:12 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

You sound like all the other people who out of one side of their mouth say "The Yankees bought a championship" when they win it, then when they lose say  "Ha ha, stupid Yankees. Haven't they figured out you cant buy a championship?". Lets get the story straight here kids. Which is it?

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2008 12:24 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

I dont know if the Red Sox have an edge on the Yankees right now!  They Sox dont have Manny and David Ortiz (I do expect him to bounce back) struggled when he left.  Bay is nice but if the Sox get Texiera then yes the Sox would have the advantage but as it stands now I would give the Yanks the edge. 



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