Saturday, December 27, 2008

Yankees Spending Spree

The biggest story in New York sports has to be the Yankees right now. After spending almost 500 million dollars on free agents the team is starting to take shape.

Here's my quick breakdown of the signings:

CC Sabathia - it's a lot of money and you know he didn't really want to come to New York. That being said the Yanks had to do it. If you are going to spend money, spend it on elite players and Sabathia has proven himself to be just that. Especially after they passed on Santana last year they had to do this. They haven't had a bona fide ace in 5 or 6 years and they haven't won a world series either.

AJ Burnett - I hope the Yankees watched some games other than just the ones he pitched against the Yankees. Burnett was dominant against the Yankees, 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA, but not outstanding against everyone else. For the year he was 18-10 with a 4.07 ERA. Don't get me wrong, I'd take that especially in lieu some of the Yankees starters last year. But considering last year was only his third season throwing over 175 innings and that he got hurt after the previous two, I'm pretty worried about this guy's arm.

Mark Teixeira - believe it or not the Yanks needed another bat. The offense in 2007 was dominant, last year it was average. For as bad as the starting pitching was, the offense didn't bail them out. Again, it's a lot of money for Teixeira, but he's only 28, fills a void at first base, and can take the Yanks offense back to where it was in 2007.

Overall, it's hard to argue with what they are doing. They went out and got the top players to fill their needs. If Burnett stays healthy they have to be the favorites right now.

Looking forward, despite reports that Pettitte isn't coming back I don't buy it. I think they'll wind up resigning him. Also, its looking more and more that Matsui or Swisher is on the way out. My guess is Matsui because Swisher is more versatile and Matsui's injuries are a concern.

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