Some Football Sunday links on a slow baseball day
Adding a bat may hinge on moving Burnett
Jeff Bradley of the Star-Ledger wrote today that further moves to add offense this off-season hinge on whether Cashman can find a taker for AJ Burnett.
A source with knowledge of the Yankee organization’s plan for the rest of the off-season said, “It’s a waiting game now to see if A.J. can be dealt. If he is, the Yankees will hope to get a bat in return, or save enough money to get a bat.”
“I think Burnett has some bounce-back potential,” said one rival executive. “And I think teams would be interested in him at the right value per year. Of course, that would mean the Yankees would have to eat far more than half of his remaining contract — closer to two-thirds, I would think.
Around the game, Burnett has become the symbol for wasted money,” said an AL East scout who also believes the Yankees will have to eat at least $20 million. “When you’ve got a guy who has managed to pitch below .500 (34-35) for a team with the Yankees offense, yeah, it’ll make you apprehensive. This is the question now being asked, even about guys like Oswalt and Jackson. How much do you pay for mediocrity?”
Nothing really new here but it reinforces what we have written on this site numerous times – Cashman will have to eat $20Million + in order to move AJ. That would save the Yanks $6.5M this year and next to invest in a bat that in my opinion, is greatly needed.
Gary Sanchez ranked #4 Catching Prospect by MLB.com
MLB.com has been putting up their Top 10 lists by position and so far the only Yankees listed were Sanchez as the #4 Catcher and Manny Banuelos as the #2 Left-handed Pitcher. The OF list comes tomorrow and there is a chance Mason Williams could make that list. Jesus Montero was unsurprisingly rated as the #1 Catcher ahead of Sanchez. Following is Sanchez’ write-up which doesn’t contain anything new that we didn’t already know, but there is a short video of him playing in the GCL in 2010:
Like his former organization mate, Montero, Sanchez is an offensive-minded backstop, but he’s still on the bottom rungs of the Yanks’ system. Sanchez does have some defensive ability, with a plus arm and glimpses of other skills in the past. In 2011, though, it looks like his glove work overall took a step backward. Sanchez’s bat should help him advance, with above-average raw power and the potential to be an excellent all-around hitter. He’s still very young, so even if he has to start the year back in the South Atlantic League, at age 19, he has plenty of time to turn things around.