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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: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 9:17 am

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

I still haven't heard one owner cry "foul" and throw in the towel.  No one is selling their team.  People are waiting in line to buy a team.  So the Yankees decided to try to put a winner on the field every year. Shame on them.  It's been the big markets against the little ones for a hundred years. Root against the Yanks. Hate the Yanks.  26 World Series and counting.  Now, let's go get Texiera!!!!!

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 6:45 am

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

The pavano deal was not way out of line at the time.  Just turned into a bad deal as he constantly got hurt. The giambi deal was bad, but the yanks got some good productive years out of him even with the steroid garbage.  Kevin Brown was a trade- a bad trade but a trade. Yanks did not sign him to that huge contract; the dodgers did.
The yanks are far from the only team to sign bad longer term contracts. Just nobody says anything about the other teams.
Hampton- colorodo, K. brown- dodgers, B. zito- giants,
Sabathia- nothing special.  You mean when he won the cy young in 2007...
Boston fans...for the love of god just stop this crying about spending money when you do the same things.
You spent 50 million just for the rights to TALK to a player. That's more than many teams spend on their entire roster. Stop talking like you are the Royals or pirates. Please. Not to mention your WS was built on the backbone of salary dumps from teams that couldn't afford to keep their players. (pedro, schilling, beckett).
I don't have a problem with the system-  but I can certainly understand the arguement that a system that rewards the richer teams (free agents signings, ability to take salary dumps, bullying out other teams by spending more than most can ever spend (dice k bid) is not good for baseball. LIke i said i don't agree but there's a sound argument there.  It just can't be made by freakin rs fans like they are on the opposite side of the ledger from the yankees.

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 4:58 am

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Wow, I'm shocked!!  Yeah, not really.  This is yet another reason why there should be a SALARY CAP in baseball.  This is getting a little ridiculous especially at a time where the country is in a recession.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2008 3:15 am

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Not only do Yankee fans have no soul, they can't spell either. That's "hypocrite".

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 2:05 am

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

I mean this question in a very serious manner.  Where do the Yankees get all this money?  If the TV contracts from FOX & ESPN are distributed evenly as I believe they are and most everyone is  bringing in large attendance numbers, why do they have so much more money than everyone else?

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 11:38 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

How are the Yankees supposed to build up a farm system? They loose a ton of players to the rule 5 draft and other stuff. The other day they just lost 4 prospects i think. New York has one of the biggest markets and biggest revenue flow for any major league team. Given this fact, why shouldn't the yankees spend more money than everyone else? Their owners actually care more about seeing the team do well than their pocketbooks, and they are ridiculed. Why don't people go rant at the pirates owners who are making millions of dollars and putting out a poor product

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 11:37 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

We don't want to hear about this. The Yankees cleared $83 million by dumping Abreu, Giambi, Pavano, Pettitte, Mussina and Farnsworth. That's more money for those 6 old and nearly worthless players than the entire roster for 2/3rds of all MLB teams. That's a huge problem.

It's rediculous and it's bad for baseball. Who cares how much money the Yankees wasted last year. That will never justify the fact that they overpay players and ruin the economics of baseball. This kind of wasteful spending is good for the Yankee fans, the players and Scott Boras. That's it. Bad for everyone else.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 11:03 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Then what the hell are you so pi$$ed about.If they lose why are you so angry.Its there money they are wasting ,tell your team to waste some money!!!!!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 10:41 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Falcons21..... That is the best sh!t i have read in years!!! Very nice, and TRUE!!!!!

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 10:32 pm

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Hey ManningtoTyree- if saying "Sabathia likes to ball" is some sort of slang for "Sabathia likes to eat", then I agree with you 100%...

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