Friday, December 12, 2008

NY adds AJ to CC and Co. in rotation

The Yankees have come to terms with free agent pitcher AJ Burnett on a 5-year, $82.5 million deal, pending a physical.

I'm not even going to get into the spending argument because, frankly, it isn't my money so I don't care. And the Yanks have to justify charging $10 for a beer somehow, don't they?

Looking at this from a baseball perspective, the five years is a little scary because of Burnett's history of injuries. He has shown, though, that when he is healthy - which he was last year - he is one of the top pitchers in the Major Leagues. If there is one team that can afford to take a risk and eat a few years of a contract if they have to, it's the Yankees.

In New York, Burnett doesn't have to be the star, which is something he was reportedly nervous about having to do in Atlanta. He can join CC Sabathia, Chien-Ming Wang, Joba Chamberlain and whoever the 5th starter is and be just "one of the guys." AJ will most likely be the 3rd starter behind CC and CM. (See what I'm doing here?)

If Burnett remains healthy - and assuming the 5th starter is one of Andy Pettitte, Ben Sheets or a combo of Phil Hughes/Ian Kennedy/Alfredo Aceves - the Yankees will have one of the top rotations in baseball, if not the best.

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