Nine to Know – A.J. Burnett and Other Failed Yankees Pitchers (Brian Cashman era) edition

by Bill Chuck on February 21, 2012

The Yankees and Pirates have traded right-hander A.J. Burnett and $20 million to Pittsburgh in exchange for the Pirates paying the $13 million remaining on Burnett’s contract with two minor leaguers from Venezuela (Diego Moreno, a hard-throwing right-hander with control and command issues, and outfielder Exicardo Cayones with lack of power issues) thrown in. The primary pick-up for the Yankees is the financial flexibility to sign Raul Ibanez and, perhaps, Eric Chavez to bolster the bench and the DH slot.

Also of significance is the end of the Burnett era and another ugly Yankee free-agent pitcher signing.

Brian Cashman has been the Yankees GM since 1998, here are nine signings that some might say were not worth the money.

  1. A.J. Burnett – 3 years, 34-35, 5.15 ERA, 1.447 WHIP
  2. Carl Pavano – 3 years, 9-8, 5.00 ERA,1.455 WHIP
  3. Kevin Brown – 2 years, 14-13, 4.95 ERA, 1.427 WHIP
  4. Javier Vazquez – 2 years, 24-20, 5.09 ERA, 1.337 WHIP
  5. Jaret Wright – 2 years, 16-12, 4.99 ERA, 1.603 WHIP
  6. Jeff Weaver – 2 years, 12-12, 5.35 ERA, 1.492 WHIP
  7. Kei Igawa – 2 years, 2-4, 6.66 ERA, 1.758 WHIP
  8. Randy Johnson – 2 years, 34-19, 4.37 ERA, 1.180 WHIP
  9. Sidney Ponson – 2 years, 4-5, 6.63 ERA, 1.702 WHIP

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