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Linebrink deal a bullpen budget buster

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 23, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’ve been off my laptop for a while. I read some baseball late Thursday night (while watching USC hammer Arizona State) and noticed that the White Sox signed Scott Linebrink for four years and $19 million.

At best, Linebrink is trending slightly downward the last two years. At worst, he’s headed to Farnsworthville. Linebrink had a 5.23 ERA in the second half last season and opposing hitters had an OPS of .833. In the National League, too.

If this is the set-up market (and I guess it is), then go get ‘em Ross Ohlendorf.

The Yankees should keep The Viz. But if Linebrink got an average annual value of $4.75 million, what is Luis going to get? $12 million over three? Yikes.

Mariano Rivera is at least getting paid for services rendered. But Linebrink’s deal must have had GMs reaching for the tequila after their turkey.

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In case you missed it: The Yankees signed former first-round pick C.J. Henry as a minor-league free agent. He was one of the prospects sent to Philly for Bobby Abreu. A bust as a SS (and a hitter), Henry now plays OF and will be tried at Class A Tampa.

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Vacation is going well. Oddly, I am going to a Bruins game today with some friends. Odd because I am not much of a hockey fan. But my buddy Deano scored four club seats for the noon game, so why not?

I babysat my nephew Jason for a few hours on Wednesday. Contrary to a previous post, he is no terror. He is fact a delightful little kid who loves Thomas The Tank Engine.

Much to my amusement, I learned that Alec Baldwin is the narrator for some Thomas episodes. I kept waiting for him to tell Thomas that coffee is for closers or that third prize is you’re fired.

Hope you all had a good holiday.

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