Yankees Making Big Deals with Big Pitchers
In the NBA, it’s the Suns who make big moves.
In the NFL, it’s an assortment of teams who make big moves.
And, as we all know, in the MLB, it’s the Yankees who make big move.
And boy, have they made big moves in Free Agency Season 2008-2009. We all know about their predicament on the pitchers’ mound, but they’re ready to change that.
Just a few days after Baseball’s Winter Meetings, the Yankees have already made deals with big name pitchers C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. The deal with Sabathia is worth $161 million dollars over 7 years, and the deal with Burnett is worth $82.5 million over 5 years.
Why spend this kind of money on these pitchers, you ask? Here’s why:
Sabathia with the Indians, well, he was okay. He was 6 and 8 with 123 strikeouts, and a 3.83 ERA. In less games with the Brewers, he went 11 and 2 with 128 strikouts, and a 1.65 ERA. So, overall, in the 2008 season, Sabathia went 17-10 with 251 strikouts and a 2.70 ERA. Now, that’s pretty good, don’t you think? Also, in his half-a-season in the AL, compared to other players who played a whole year in the AL, he was 3rd in the AL in complete games.
A.J. Burnett also had a good year last year. He went 18-10 with 231 strikeouts, and, the only bad think about him last year, a 4.07 ERA. He did, however, lead the American League in strikeouts, with, like I said, 231.
Looks like the Yankees will be pretty good on the mound in 2009.
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