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Monday, December 15, 2008
Too many dollars, too many years for Burnett

Writing in the New York Observer, Howard Megdal really likes the CC Sabathia deal. A.J. Burnett, though?

Not so much:

I completely agree with Megdal's reservations about Burnett's performance. He's not reliable, and the Yankees have pretty obviously overpaid. Too many dollars, too many years. If the Yankees wanted an impressive fifth starter, they probably could have spent a little less money for a slightly better pitcher. But what's a few million dollars to the Yankees?

As for Hughes and Kennedy and Aceves, not one of them has yet proved that he's up to the rigors of pitching 180 league-average innings in the majors. I hate to see any of them waste away in the minors, but there will be the inevitable injuries to the veterans, and if those guys are pitching well in Triple-A, they'll get their chances eventually (if they're not traded first for a center fielder).

And the offense? Yankee Stadium is (or rather, was) a pitcher's park. Considering only road games, the Yankees finished third in the American League in OPS last year. Maybe that doesn't qualify as "excellent," but it's certainly somewhere between "good" and "excellent." Granted, everybody's a year older and we might expect a slight decline next year. So yes, the Yankees should try to improve their offense … and I'm not at all convinced they can't still afford to do exactly that. Has Brian Cashman suggested that he's finished spending money? If he has, I missed it. In fact, I'll be surprised if the Yankees' Opening Day lineup doesn't look better than it looks right now.

And right now it looks pretty darn good.