Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More free agents to sign.. Advantage Yanks

The Yankees now have an advantage when it comes to signing type  A free agents. Because they have already signed 3 higher ranking free agents. Sabathia, Tex and Burnett the Yankees would not have to forfeit any more than a 4th or 5th round draft pick if they signed another. Ken Rosenthal hints at the possibility that the Yankees might not be done and might have an interest in Ben Sheets or Juan Cruz. We all know the ups and downs with Sheets. I think that the Yankees are waiting to see what happens with Pettite and what other packages sheets has on his table before they make a move on him, but Juan Cruz? Hummm now there’s a name I have not heard in association with the Yankees. To me this makes more than perfect sense, he’s a 30 year old right handed reliever whose ERA has gotten better every year for the last 4 years . In 2008 he was 4-0 in 51 innings pitched only giving up 34 hits and striking out 71.  Impressive eh? In 2003 and 2005 he had bad years that have inflated his career ERA but last year it was 2.61. He made just shy of 2 million last year and could probably be had on a 2 or three year deal worth around 7 or 8 million. These numbers are based on nothing more than what I feel he is worth , like my opinion has any weight right.? Here is a Great analysis of what he throws from the guys over at Behind The Boxscore. (Hat tip to them). So what do you think is this a guy that you could see as a set up guy for Mo? I think so.

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