Now it's Burnett in Yankee pinstripes. That's a lot of cash for a 31 year old pitcher that's won 87 games. In this market what would Roy Halladay be worth? I know Sabathia is a work horse but all those innings smell like a trip to Dr. Andrews is right around the corner. I'm not a Yankee hater but it's easy to project misery for Cashman.
Burnett - 5 year deal - $82.5 million - one off year with elbow soreness, one year off for recovery after surgery, one half year learning to trust the elbow again and 2 1/2 years of good production - OUCH!
I hate to wish it on anyone but Sabathia also looks like a perfect candidate for arm problems.
While the Yankees build with more and more cash the Rays and their young home grown positional players and young studs in the starting rotation should only get better on the field.
OH and with the luxury tax on all that Yankee spending - they'll get another huge pay day to pay for all of that talent.
I've got an idea for George and Hal and Hank - Change the name of the network from YES to MAYBE!
Brian Cashman is either the luckiest GM in professional sports or he's damned to go down in a flame of Yankee money with Hank and Hal pouring gasoline on the flames.
Don't the Yankees realize that the reason they won the string of championships in the 90's because of home grown products named Jeter, Posada, Rivera and Williams.
Scott Brosius at 3rd, Knoblauch at 2nd, Ricky Ledee even Paul O'Neil never would have commanded top tier $$$. They won because they had character and they played for the team.
The Yankees can spend what they want to build there All-Star team and by doing so kick every average baseball loving, working stiff in the groin around the country but it won't buy them a championship.
I've got three words worth somewhere around $450,000,000 - AROD - Giambi and Pavano. Very few eggs in a very large basket! Will history repeat itself? For baseball's sake I sure hope so!!!