Daily Archives: February 16, 2012

Evening Links & Notes: Sabathia, Burnett, Rotation

Good evening all the way the news is coming in it seems like A.J. Burnett could be gone tonight or maybe by tomorrow.  Keep checking with us as we will have updates as soon as they come out.

Here is the latest tweet: From Andrew Marchand

* The Daily News reports that C.C. Sabathia is energized about this season with all the moves.

* The Star Ledger says the rotation after C.C. is still undecided.

Use this thread to talk about whatever you like.  Enjoy the nite.

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Ranking AL East Bullpens and Benches

Our week long series continues with ranking the AL East Bullpens and Benches.

Bullpens

1. Yankees

2. Blue Jays

3. Red Sox

4. Rays

5. Orioles

The Yankees have the best bullpen in the AL East by a good margin led by Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, and Cory Wade.  Rivera, even at age 42, is one of the best closers in MLB and the most trustworthy in a big spot. Robertson had a breakout season by posting a 1.08 ERA and striking out a staggering 13.5 batters per 9 innings. Soriano came on at the end of last season and is a tremendous talent to have as a 7th inning guy ,when on pretty much any other team he would be closing or be in the 8th inning. The Red Sox and Blue Jays both have completely revamped bullpens and it was a close race for 2nd. The Blue Jays picked up Sergio Santos and Francisco Cordero this offseason while the Red Sox picked up Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon. Bailey is the best of the 4 when healthy, but he has rarely been able to stay healthy so I gave the edge to Toronto. Toronto also has better depth than the Red Sox behind their 2 new additions in Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver, whom they also signed this offseason. Cordero had 37 saves for the Reds last year, while pitching to a 2.43 ERA and Santos had 30 saves for the White Sox, while striking out an amazing 13.1 batters per 9 innings. That is almost as much as David Robertson. So that is a very good combo for the Blue Jays for the backend of their bullpen. The Red Sox lost Jonathan Papelbon and replaced him with Bailey. Bailey has been one of the best closers in MLB when healthy. He made the All- Star team his first 2 seasons and won rookie of the year. Ex Yankee farmhand Mark Melancon will replace Daniel Bard as the setup man. Melancon saved 20 games for the Houston Astros last season. The Rays bullpen had a surprisingly good season last year after loosing virtually everybody who contributed to it in 2010. Kyle Farnsowrth had a good year last year closing, but it is still Kyle Farnsworth and he is tough to trust. Jim Johnson, Matt Lindstrom, and Kevin Gregg will battle for the closers job in Baltimore.   Read the rest of this entry

A.J Burnett To Pirates Could Happen In Next 24 Hours

A.J Burnett To Pirates Could Happen In Next 24 Hours

By Delia E.

After weeks of speculation, multiple sources reveal that A.J Burnett’s tenure as a New York Yankee might finally be coming to an end, reports YES Network.

MLB Insider Jim Bowden tweeted on Thursday that the Yankees and Pirates are closer to finalizing a deal and the trade could happen within the next 24 hours. ESPN’s Buster Olney also tweeted something similar on Thursday. Burnett had rejected a trade to the Angels due to his wife’s fear of flying & the Indians & Yankees deal failed which could have sent Travis Hafner to the Yankees.

Ranking AL East Starting Pitchers

Our week long series of ranking every position in the AL East with the starting pitchers continues.

Starting Pitcher #1

1. C.C. Sabathia, NYY

2. Jon Lester, BOS

3. David Price, TB

4. Ricky Romero, TOR

5. Zach Britton, BAL

Sabathia gets the edge over Lester due to being an absolute workhorse. Sabathia has averaged 226 innings per year compared to 211 for Lester over a much longer career. Sabathia has also outperformed Lester the last two years, with Lester being a big reason for Boston’s collapse last season. Last season, Sabathia had a 7.1 WAR and Lester had a 3.7 WAR. Price had a bit of a down year last year going 12-13, with a 3.49 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP. However, with his outstanding fastball and slider he should bounce back fine. Romero had a fabulous season last year going 15-11, with a 2.92 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP. Despite having a lesser year I will take Price in the long run over Romero. Britton came out firing for the O’s but fell off drastically. The Orioles at #5 on these pitching lists will be a pattern.  Read the rest of this entry

Morning Bits: Burnett, Game Time

Things are sure to heat up today with the AJ Rumors and News.  Also will Soler become a Yankee today as well.  Lot’s of things can happen so keep checking back with us for all the latest.

Now for some links to get you through the morning.

* The Daily News reports that AJ balked at a trade that would have sent him to the Angels for Bobby Abreu.

* NJ.com reports that the Yankees are talking to 4 teams still about A.J. Burnett.

* Rangers vs Yankees on April 23rd has been moved to ESPN.

Check this video out of Hughes talking about his workout this off-season.

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