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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.


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.


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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