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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, CBSSports.com 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."

Yeah?

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.

Comments

Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 10:05 pm
 

Maybe the Yankees should start sending us money!

OK COME ON GUY, TALKING ABOUT THE BAILOUTS OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY AND THE RECESSION DUDE GET A GRIP! THE YANKEES ARE A BILLION DOLLAR FRANCHISE DONT BE SO DAMN IGNORANT ITS NOT LIKE THE YANKEES ARE GOING TO START WRITTING OUT CHECKS TO EVERYONE IN THE US SO WE CAN GET OUR SPENDING SHOES ON. LOL BE SERIOUS THEYRE SIGNING UP THESE STUD PITCHERS BECAUSE POWER PITCHING BEATS POWER HITTING. WE WANT THAT HOLY GRAIL AND WE SHOULD GET IT. WE ARE 50 MILLION DOLLARS LESS THAN WHAT WE SPENT LAST YEAR MEANING WE GOT JERKED BY THE STEROID ERA AND WE GAVE GUYS GOOD CONTRACTS FOR STUFF THEY DID WHEN THEY WERE ALL JUICED UP ON ANOTHER TEAM. ITS TIME THE PLAYERS GET WHAT THEY EARN MEANING CC IF YOU PITCH LIKE THAT FOR US YOU WILL BE WORTH EVERY DAMN PENNY. ILL BE ENJOYING EVERY GAME ON MY SOFA ANYWAY ITS FREE BY THE WAY. THE YANKEE HATERS ARE THE ONES WHO WANT TO BE YANKEE FANS THEMSELVES AT THIS POINT SINCE THEIR TEAMS ARENT DOING DIDDLY THIS WINTER.




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 9:47 pm
 

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

I sure hope that the tax payers of NYC and NY love baseball. Their $900,000,000 in welfare to the Yankees made this possible.



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 9:29 pm
 

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Obviously, you are a Red Sox fan and oh I forgot they don't spend any money do they?  How about the $100 + million they spent in getting Matsusaka or the $160 million they had given Manny before shipping him out of town.  No, they don't buy championships at all.  I suppose when you pay $200 million for Texiera that will be a good signing, right?  Not fiscal irresponsibility.  Please.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 9:07 pm
 

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

What shoud they do?  Oh, I don't know...........hmmmmmmmmmm.........

I wonder.........oh, I have it!  They can do what most of the league does, and operate within a budget.  Draft well.  Develop in the system.  Have a mix of home-grown, traded players and free agents.  Just an idea.  Geez.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 9:06 pm
 

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Dont worry, hopefully bud will die soon, look at how much better the brewers are doing with competent management, expect that on a bigger scale with MLB.  And i agree swami, its truly disgusting the way bud is just letting everyone outside of the northeast walk away from baseball.  even atlanta fans must be starting to get fed up now.  I think theres a problem when the so called national pastime gets less viewers than nascar, something is definately wrong there.  hear that bud? people would rather watch cars go in circles than to watch the product YOU put on the field every year.



Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 8:42 pm
 

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

please don't equate CC to dontrell. if the yanks fail to make the playoffs next season, my feeling is it will be from a lack of offense, not pitching. abreu is gone. giambi is gone. matsui, damon and posada are one year older and always injury risks. who knows what they'll get from nick swisher who hit .216 for the white sox last year. the team is still flawed. but these two signings are very very good. no matter what happens, it's always fun to be a yanks fan during the hot stove season!




Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 8:41 pm
 

nothing new here

this is the way the baseball system is set up.  it is a disgrace, but that's how it is.  in any given year only about 10 teams have a realistic shot at making the playoffs, and a lot of it has to do with their individual payroll flexibility. 

I do not begrudge the Yankees the fact they can thrive better than most in this system.  It's not their fault the useless commissioner has not seen fit to level the playing field like every other major sports league has in North America.  It amazes me that Bud the Pud has not figured out the health of baseball in general is about as low as it's ever been.  Why should fans from the other 20 or so "out of contention" teams bother to waste their money to support that team?  If you get lucky and catch lightning in a bottle you might, MIGHT be that one team like TB that suffers for 10 years, has a couple good years, and then loses all their up and coming players to the Big Ten teams who outpay everyone else for them.  That is frustrating for a fan to have to watch, and starts the cycle for the other 20 teams downward of having less money because that fan stops coming to the games cause it's wasting his time to support players he knows won't be able to stay there.

I'm laughing at Miller's original post here because it's like he's never seen this phenomenon before in baseball.  A big market team able to churn out multiple top-of-the-line contracts?  what?  no way!  Did you just start here or what?  Unbelievable.

Now this is not to make the big ten (approximately, give or take a few teams) out to be the bad guys here.  As other posters have pointed out, there are plenty of bad owners among the remaining 20 odd teams that just take the money they get and run and don't invest it in their team.  It's kind of a catch-22 in that regard, but they are choosing not to in some cases, such as taking the money when the Yanks, Sox, etc come to town and fill the stadium and running to the bank.  But in their defense I can also see it's tough to justify doing anything else when your team's finances are in the toilet cause you can't draw 2 million and even come close to breaking even in your market.

Bottom line, this is completely the fault of that moron psuedo commissioner Bud the Pud. 

Every year I see these kind of contracts go to the same teams, or such players traded to the same teams that can afford to pay them in the no-holds-barred salary scale baseball allows.

Every year I keep waiting for some kind of salary cap to level the playing field.  Even a softish cap like the NBA uses would be a massive leap forward.

Every year I leave disgusted and wonder why they bother to play the game for most of these teams.  Every other sport has figured this out, when will baseball?

Granted my team stinks from mismanagement and poor ownership, but even if they didn't there just isn't a market for 100 million dollar baseball in Texas. 

Someday, hopefully in my lifetime, there will be some sort of method (be it a salary cap, etc) employed upon the remaining teams to stop this.  The only question is how many teams will have to go under before it occurs.  Thanks Bud!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 8:40 pm
 

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Frankly, I find this supposed disgust by the other owners to be a joke...yeah the Yankees are paying guys insane sums...and what the Major League Minimum is @250,000?? The ENTIRE system is out of wack, always has been. These owners don't like it, then quit and try to earn a living like the rest of us have to. Somehow, I doubt these executives have housing issues, or are concerned about rising food prices.

Grow up owners...stare in the mirror for a bit. Every single player in MLB has the resources to be financially secure, and so do you. Why don't you donate some of your spare millions to the various charities that need some money? Quit acting like YOUR team, composed of players with 6 and 7 figure salaries is suffering because of this economy. They aren't, and niether are you. You know nothing of true economic hardship. Millions of people do. You're all a joke




Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 8:31 pm
 

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

What are the Yankees supposed to do just sit around with a bad pitching staff and let everyone get better? Let's say C.C. signs with the Dodgers, and A.J. signs with Atlanta. Would you be happy as a Yankee fan with the Yankees pitching staff of Wang, Chamberlien, and three question marks? How are they supposed to compete with the current A.L. champion Rays, and the Red Sox, who are targeting Teixeira to add to their already potent offense? How many tickets do you think they would sell knowing they have no chance of winning their own division or make the playoffs? It's my hope that they go after Teixeira, and sign another pitcher. To be honest I'm hoping they get in on Jake Peavey. First off I would keep Teixeira away from Boston even if it cost $200 million. I think if Boston gets Teixeira they are the clear favorite to win the A.L. East even with the Yankees signings of C.C and A.J. I would even say that Boston has a slight edge as things stand now.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 8:22 pm
 

Yankees machine scoops up Burnett

Well see the yankees are trying to buy a championship and i just dont think they will be able to win. They've done this before and it just hasnt worked out. They will be last years detroit, HUGE off season with no production. They can try and buy it all they want, but i just dont see it happeneing...


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