Friday, January 14, 2011

The Yankees' Strong 'Pen Gets Stronger

"This is from the Boston Globe's Extra Bases. I'll be back with a comment after you read this...

"The Yankees may not have a great rotation, but they should have a heck of a bullpen. They have agreed to terms with Rafael Soriano on a three-year deal worth $35 million, an outrageous amount for a set-up man. The catch is that Soriano can opt out after either of the first two seasons. He is set to make $11.5 million this season and $10 million in 2012. In Soriano and Mariano Rivera, the Yankees have $26.5 million invested in their closer and set-up man for this season. It was only a few days ago that Brian Cashman said he wouldn't give up a first-round pick on Soriano. With David Robertson back and lefty Pedro Feliciano having been added, the Yankees have four very good relievers. Joba Chamberlain has fallen off the map in the Bronx."

The Yankees couldn't get the starter(s) they wanted and with the Andy Pettitte "no-show", they loaded up their bullpen, soon to be a tired bunch of guys. The pin-stripers will score a ton of runs but they'll also give up a bunch.

Bullpen...Edge Red Sox (by a hair)

I'll keep this selective rating process going between the Yanks and the Red Sox. Have a great Friday and as always, BE WELL. Click on this post's title for an intriguing article from the Boston Herald that encapsulates the never ending back and forth between the NY Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. I really enjoyed reading it and I guarantee you will, too. Thanks. Stay warm. Here in north central Connecticut, the high temperature today will approach twenty degrees with lows tonight down to ten below zero. OUCH!

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