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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: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 7:25 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

I agree 100 percent. Too many owners are complaining about Yankee spendong, when in reality most owners are too cheap to pay their best  players. One reason why I love the Yanks is they are not afriad to spend money on top players. Though they may spend too much, at least they are trying to give fans a team that can win. Everyone shoud stop complaining because their teams are too cheap to spend money on top players.

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 6:57 pm
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Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 6:29 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

You know, some of the comments here are ridiculous, sort of smacks like pure jealousy, nothing less. You'd think that they were doing something illegal, rather than improving  their team, and keeping it competitive to continue to be a successful business.Unfortunately its the price of running a team in NYC. And after all, lets face it, all teams in pro sports are in business TO MAKE MONEY. The fact that the Yankees do it better than anyone else, and therefor have more money to spend, shouldn't be  something for everyone to cry about. Its a fact of life, deal with it! And the hilarious comment about the Yankees not winning the World Series in 7 years, tell me, what team has the MOST Series  wins?  And who wouldn't want a team that you can count on to make it into the post season every year(last year just shows that nothing is impossible, and was a fluke).

It's GREAT to be a Yankee fan!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2008 5:31 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

The point that was trying to be made is that everyone is crying over the Yankees spending money.  When haven't the Yankees spent money?  It's redundant and mostly makes people look jealous.   The sports writers make it look like the Yanks are ADDING to their huge payroll instead of replenshing. Making that scenario brings more attention and hostility (go together) to the writers articles.

Whether you like it or not, the Yankees sell. This past World Series was one of the lowest rated since they began tracking ratings. No one's interested in a Philly/Devil Ray Series unless you are in Philadelphia or Tampa Bay.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 5:04 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Burnett will choke under the pressure in NY. In 2005 when Fl was contending he went 1-6 down the stretch. Cancer in the clubhouse always critizes management and has a negative influence on young player. Also drinks too much. This guy will drive Hank crazy.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 4:26 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

The yankees owner isn't paying for that nice new stadium, the taxpayers of New York are.  Also, they are begging for more public funds, while spending $250 million on two players.  I would not have a problem with their spending spree if the Yankees were footing the full bill for this stadium but they are not.  They have their hand out for public funds while shoveling boat loads of money out the back door.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2008 4:22 pm

Yankees good at free market economics

They are getting maximum dollars from their ticket sales, radio and tv contracts.  What bothers people is when these private companies who clearly make enough money so that all their athletes and owners make millions come and hold the taxpayers ransom.  Just because you can shake down local/state politicians or corrupt them doesn't mean you should. 

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 3:27 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Ok so Cashman, directed by Hank Jr, just signed the top 2 free agent pitchers.  Cashman, show some real imagination and sign Milton Bradley.  Nady is solid but you gotta be kidding me with Cameron.  Milton Bradley can flat out hit from both sides of the plate and and can play the field and reports are that his knee is looking healthy. 

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2008 2:28 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

All you Yankee haters not to chill out.  And go back to rooting for your losing team.  You all would love to have an owner spend money like the Yankees do.  The Yankees are looking to bring their payroll down to 185 million this year.  Yea its high but that the cost of doing buiness in New York.    People saying its hurting baseball well in the last 3 years attendance has been up league wide.  Now if Angels or Boston sign Tex for 200 Million every will say its a great deal but if they Yankees do then its bad for baseball.  The cubs sign a pitcher with a career 76-81 4.55ERA in the NL to a 53 Million 4 year contract and everyone says its a great move.  AJ Burnett said it was down to 2 team the Braves and Yankees and the wanted to say in the AL and not have to bat or run the bases. As far as building their farm system lets see how well Tampa Bay would do if they draft 25th every year instead of in the top 5 for the past 10 years.  It funny evryone says the Yankee farm system is bad but in the rule 5 draft they lost 4 players in the 1st 21 picks.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2008 2:13 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

totally correct.....
we dropped 83 million in we have to make up for that by signing at least another 100 million.....

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