Lessons To Learn From Burnett’s Success

A.J. Burnett may not be a Yankee, but analyzing his post-Yankee days may tell us how other team’s approached the problem child. The starting pitcher has been wildly successful this season, posting a 3.59 ERA, a 3.50 FIP, a 7.44 K/9, and 2.84 BB/9. Most of the media’s analysis has ended at the league change, but I figured Burnett and the Pirates deserved a more in depth look over. What I expected to see was a decrease in homeruns outside of Yankee Stadium and the AL East, and indeed it dropped from 17.0% HR/FB last year to 11.8% in 2012. Continue reading Lessons To Learn From Burnett’s Success

Can’t handle the New York heat

It is no secret that playing for the New York Yankees has its definite pros and cons. Sure players tend to make higher salaries with the Yankees and are afforded the opportunity to play on national television far more than any other team. In addition, the Yankees have made the playoffs 13 of the past 14 years. Plus, they have won a mind-boggling 27 World Series (16 more than any other franchise). With great power comes great responsibility though. The fans are as loyal as there are in sports, but they also are not bashful to express what they are really thinking. New York’s media and fans are the most relentless in sports. Playing in the Bronx is pressure packed. Either you win, or you go home. As the late great George Steinbrenner once said, “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing.” In recent history, there are three players that come to mind who could not take the New York heat.

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Now that A.J. is gone, who’s the new A.J.?

I don’t mean this the way you think. Time and time again during A.J. Burnett‘s rocky tenure in pinstripes it seemed like he was the missing piece. Often the Yankees were one more dominant pitcher away from being in the World Series, or found themselves with their season potentially on the line and A.J. on the mound. As a result, he was the secret ingredient helping the Yankees to advance in the playoffs or preventing them from succeeding. A.J.’s role as the make or break player was logical. Most playoff teams have at least one dominant starter to face off Continue reading Now that A.J. is gone, who’s the new A.J.?

Nightly Links: Prospects and Okajima

With the trade between the Yankees and Pirates coming to a conclusion today, A.J. Burnett largely dominated headlines. Not much else happened across the blogosphere but I have a couple links for your Friday evening. Read them and enjoy your extended weekend! Hideki Okajima failed his physical for the Yankees. With him off the non-roster invitees list, the remaining lefty specialists to keep an eye on are Cesar Cabral and Mike O’Connor. As I mentioned last night, I wouldn’t mind seeing Clay Rapada come to camp on a minor league deal. Mike Axisa released his 2012 Preseason Top 30 Prospects Continue reading Nightly Links: Prospects and Okajima

The prospects in the Burnett trade

While hte deal hasn’t been officially completed yet, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the prospects that the Yankees are reportedly acquiring from Pittsburgh in the AJ Burnett trade.  Given the low value that AJ and his salary commanded on the trade market, a big return was not expected, especially considering the Pirates are taking on part of AJ’s salary.  A non-moronic GM is simply not going to deal legitimate prospects for what is essentially a salary dump, and fortunately for the Pirates, Neal Huntington is no fool. For what it’s worth, neither of these Continue reading The prospects in the Burnett trade

An A.J. Retrospective

As I write this, it’s about 2 PM on Thursday afternoon. We’re, apparently, in the final 24 hours of the Yankee career of one A.J. Burnett. While ditching Burnett for some small return will likely make the Yankees a bit better in 2012, I’m still not wild about the deal. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be devastated if Burnett isn’t in the Bronx anymore, but I won’t be skipping down Grand Concourse singing victory songs either. Perhaps this is a bit of bias. I know that A.J. Burnett has not been an effective starter for most of the last Continue reading An A.J. Retrospective

Nightly Links: Burnett, Bullpen, Sanchez

The A.J. Burnett debacle is finally winding down, and it looks like the Yankees and Pirates are nearing an agreement. While George King believes the deal will be finalized sometime this weekend, Jim Bowden thinks it’ll be done by tomorrow afternoon. It appears the Yankees have offered the Pirates a sliding scale, where the quality of prospects would lessen as they take on more salary. TYA  co-founder and River Ave Blues editor, Larry Koestler, wrote a brilliant follow up to his piece on best pitches in the rotation, this time focusing on the bullpen. You’ll be surprised to know that Continue reading Nightly Links: Burnett, Bullpen, Sanchez