Cashman still has A.J.’s back

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

26 thoughts on “Cashman still has A.J.’s back

  1. Inertia – or just trying to make things look good fiscally. If I have three guys on the payroll and they're all equally good or bad, I guess I'm going to send out my guy making 15 mil. Not that he's any better, or deserves it, but wth – he's being paid anyway. There's a better chance of him figuring things out on the job, instead of sitting around.

    And if I'm trying to move him – maybe a month of not sucking would raise his stock – heaven knows it can't go a whole lot lower.

  2. "I'm going to have his back the entire way."

    /fart noise.

    That sentiment rings a bit hollow after all that's gone down over the past few months with regard to the 2012 rotation. I think it's clear the Yankees don't want A.J. to be a part of the rotation, whether they trade him or not, and I think it will take really poor performances from both Hughes and Garcia in ST to justify giving A.J. the spot over them.

  3. Yes AJ has stunk the last two years. Yes he is overpaid. But lets be thankful that hes not Lackey, who goes out gives up 6 runs in 3 innings and then says he had great stuff today. AJ is accountable for his lack of production, he always says the right thing. It is absolutely correct to get on AJ about his performance, which stinks. AJ knows that, Giradi knows that, Cashman knows that. The fans know that. I would still take AJ over Lackey these last two years, soley based on the accountability factor.

  4. While I appreciate your sentiments and agree that A.J. has handled himself well, I wish we didn't have to choose at all between the two. Being a great guy doesn't put wins on the board.

  5. He helped win us a world series, he's accountable for his stuff and he does has helped with the chemistry in a way (pies in the face, championship belt). Besides that though, he hasn't brought constant results.

    But I actually think Cashman is still holding out hope for A.J. He went 4-0 last april and has shown flashes late in the season and even in the playoffs of still being a legit starter. That's not to say he's counting on A.J this year, but i think this is more than Brian just simply saying what he's expected to say.

  6. Burnett just needs to grow up and not worry about the umpire's corners being too small around the plate.
    He has fallen into the habit of being more concerned about called strikes than getting hitters out with flies, force and ground outs. His obsession with throwing everything in his repertoire for a strike has cost him dearly the past two seasons. I got to see him throw live the past three years several times and he has not been the same aggressive hurler he was in 2009. The OLD AJ would throw inside on a first pitch to establish his fastball on a heavy hitter. His breaking stuff used to be so nasty with late action that he would induce swings that boggled the imagination.
    The Yankees pitching coach had better find a way to get inside Burnett's head and get him to relax more and allow his defense behind him to help him win a few more games this season.

  7. I think it's rarely a good idea to publically throw one of your players under the bus.
    Cashman et al have plenty of time to talk to AJ and get their thoughts across. And as AJ has been left off the PS SP roster before, it seems Cashman is not totally hypnotised by AJ's contract.
    The situation sucks, but I believe Cashman will do what's best, taking all things into consideration.

  8. The more this gets hashed over, the more I lean towards putting AJ in the rotation. On the proverbial "short leash." Our choices are Freddy, Phil, and AJ – right? Obviously, Phil would be your upside choice for 2014 and on. Freddy, at best, is insurance for this year.

    Whereas – think about it – of those three pitchers, which one would be the most dominant, IF he were to pitch to potential, and to past performance? Yup – AJ is a lot closer to being a #2 than the other two; if Freddy is #3 in our rotation again this year, we have serious problems. Phil had a good record for the first half of 2010 – a record bouyed by the best run support in the majors, over that time period. That's it. While AJ was a proven dominant pitcher with injury questions when he was hired.

    You might as well put AJ back in the rotation – he has far more immediate, win-now upside than the other two. Should it turn out that bad AJ is the guy that shows up – there's an entire season to let the Freddy fill innings and Phil try to reinvent himself.