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Now the Yankees can offer CC even more

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 15, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_434480.jpgWhat have you done this weekend? Brian Cashman made the Yankees $1 million.

The Yankees sold the right to RHP Darrell Rasner to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League in return for $1 million. Rasner is expected to sign a two-year deal with the team. He and his agent approached the Yankees about making the deal. The story was first reported by

Rasner was 5-10 with a 5.40 ERA in 24 games last season, 20 of them starts. He joined the rotation in May and lasted about four months. A lack of run support hurt him early but over the final two months of the season he did not pitch well.

The upside? Beyond the Benjamins, the Yankees clear a spot on the 40-man roster they can use to protect somebody from the Rule 5 draft if they want.

Rasner is a good guy who was always professional and hopefully this gives him a chance to make some money for his young family. His stuff will probably translate well to Japan.





91 Responses to “Now the Yankees can offer CC even more”

  1. vtred November 15th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    There is something special brewing in NY… this winter is going to be electric.

    Obviously the Giants won the SB last year and the success has carried over. The Jets are now a legit team and have a star QB, so they have become a very intriguing story. First time in eternity that both NY football teams are good this late into the year at the same time.

    The Hot Stove season is obviously always huge in NY but this year it looks like we’re going to be very active and get premier names, so it is very exciting. The Mets should be fairly active too.

    The Knicks have been so awful so even a 6-3 start is getting fans excited. NBA is always huge in NY, so any bit of success will be embraced. Nets are looking good too. Rangers are doing well.

    Very rare for all of the pro teams in NY to do well at the same time.

  2. Dave D November 15th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    LeBron James is convinced CC Sabathia will end up in pinstripes.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and New York Yankees fan wants his favorite baseball team to land Sabathia, the top starting pitcher in this year’s free-agent class.

    Asked before Cleveland’s game against Utah on Saturday night if he thought the Yankees would win the Sabathia sweepstakes, James smiled and said, “We’re gonna get him. Absolutely.”;type=lgns

  3. jennifer November 15th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Wow His agent approached them about making the deal. That is interesting. I hope he does well in Japan, he seemed like a good guy.

  4. jennifer November 15th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t even like basketball, but I like lebron. :lol:

  5. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009. Show CC the money and stay away from Peavy! November 15th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Yes, that million should go straight to the “Show CC the money” fund.

    I wish Rasner and his family the best of luck in Japan.

  6. Clint November 15th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Good luck to Rasner— he pitched with guts everytime he went to the mound and is a class act.

  7. Trevor November 15th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Now the next thing is for LeBron to come to New York. ;)

  8. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009. Show CC the money and stay away from Peavy! November 15th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I forgot LeBron was a Yankees fan.
    BTW 2010-NY Knicks-They need ya LeBron.

  9. mel November 15th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Not a big LeBron fan, but he’s starting to grow on me when he talks collectively.

    Did you ever hear any sports figure take ownership of another franchise?

    Very cool. Thanks, Dave D.

  10. X-Mann November 15th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    LeBron and CC are tight from their times in Cleveland… I hope LeBron told him great things about NY.

    Hopefully he said I’ll join you there in 2010 :)

  11. Aram November 15th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    I didn’t like LeBron at first but he’s grown on me the past few years

  12. dan 771 November 15th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    lol that sounds hilarious

    “Rasner sold to Japan”

  13. RustyJohn November 15th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Farewell, Darrell Rasner- hope you make a lot of bucks in Japan. The Yen is up.

  14. Redding November 15th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I hope Raz knows what he’s getting into.

    He would have latched onto somebody’s ML roster… he wasn’t abysmal, he was decent– kept you in the game and competed. In the NL, he could have been serviceable. He could have filled out a rotation for sure. And he probably would have been in Scranton this year anyway if he didn’t.

    Is there more security or better financial compensation in Japan?

  15. UtilityMan(#33 for AROD in 09) November 15th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Good Luck to Rasner…glad to see another 40 Man spot open up.Chase Wright anyone???

  16. harwood November 15th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Can we sell Igawa back?

  17. Alex November 15th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    i wonder how a Lebron–CC phone call would go…

  18. Vince November 15th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Rasner was indeed a classy, gutty pitcher. But, am I sad to see him go? Nope, because we need better players than him on our roster, plain and simple.

  19. Jeff November 15th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve been told Igawa will have a great season next year- his third in the system. I think he is good insurance just in case.

    Good luck to Rasner.

  20. 4 x 4 November 15th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Someone paid $1 million for Rasner?

    Wow lol

    I wonder how much we can sell Britton or Melky to Japan for.

  21. jennifer November 15th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    harwood November 15th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Can we sell Igawa back?


    I think we tried already with NO luck!

  22. Jorge Tabata November 15th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Have we started a new trend?

    Teams might now put up their fringe players for auction to Japan. Small Market teams can make some extra Cash to add to their payroll.

    A team like the Twins can sell Mike Lamb to the Hanshen Tigers for $2.5 million.

  23. UtilityMan(#33 for AROD in 09) November 15th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Maybe the Brewers could use a Britton???

  24. jennifer November 15th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I agree with redding, I would have thought he could have latched onto another team.

  25. TKinDC November 15th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I guess it went from Cy Razz to Sayonara Razz :)

    Good Luck Darrell!

  26. Laura - Ready for '09 November 15th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Surprising news. I’m always shocked when American ball players go over and play in Japan. I hope things turn out well for Rasner. He’s not a very good pitcher, but I respected him for not running from the reporters after each sucky game he pitched.


  27. Mr. Scott November 15th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    People beg for a roster spot in the Majors & this guy begs off a MLB roster somethings not right in this guys head. He just turned down every boys dream to play a lower version of the game in foreign country makes no sense.

  28. KING FELIX November 15th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    sell some more players, then maybe we can afford teixeria too if we can get $10 million or so from japan

  29. mel November 15th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    An opportunity presented itself to Rasner and he took it. He saw what happened to other pitchers who didn’t make it in the bigs. Smart guy. Ganbatte, ne!

  30. Front Row November 15th, 2008 at 9:44 pm


    Or telling the media he pitched well when he gives up 7 runs in 2 innings.

  31. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story November 15th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    2010 Lebron’s gonna be a Net.

  32. Ed - sign CC immediately November 15th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    **2010 Lebron’s gonna be a Net.**

    I concur. :)

  33. SteveB November 15th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Mr. Scott
    November 15th, 2008 at 9:42 pm
    People beg for a roster spot in the Majors & this guy begs off a MLB roster somethings not right in this guys head. He just turned down every boys dream to play a lower version of the game in foreign country makes no sense.

    Correction, it makes perfect sense. He will earn multimillions of dollars in a 2-year contract that no way would he make in the USA. Rasner’s first priority is to himself and his family, and if 2 years in Japan can set up himself and his family financially for the rest of his life, more power to him. He seemed like a stand-up guy in NYC, and I wish him the best of luck over there.

  34. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009. Show CC the money and stay away from Peavy! November 15th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Speaking of the Nets, what is going on with the move to Brooklyn? Is that ever even gonna happen?

  35. Sea Net November 15th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Rasner saw the writing on the wall… we have so many young pitchers. Karstens, McCutchen, White, Marquez, Ohlendorf, DeSalvo, Clippard, were all released or traded within the past year.

    In AAA alone, he’ll be competing with Hughes, Kennedy, Aceves, Coke (if he is a starter).

    Smart career decision for him. Best of luck, he always competed and was a class act.

  36. jennifer November 15th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    UGH!! I don’t want him here.

    A source tells Ken Rosenthal of that the Yankees have had “numerous discussions” with the Padres about Jake Peavy.
    Rosenthal claims that Padres GM Kevin Towers had a conversation with the Yankees’ Brian Cashman at the general managers’ meetings earlier this month. Towers told Cashman that he’d discuss a deal with the Yankees after working through a list of National League teams. With the Braves bowing out, it appears discussions with New York are now on. Nov. 15 – 10:40 am et

  37. j2 November 15th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    old news, jen.

  38. Doreen November 15th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I think, conceptually, one of the problems with Peavy is that although he is the Padres’ ace and the Padres (and Peavy) will expect to be compensated for an ace, he would not be an ace in the AL East. A good #3 maybe? So, I don’t know. Hopefully this is much ado about nothing.

  39. jennifer November 15th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    j2- It was dated today. Not that old.

  40. UtilityMan(#33 for AROD in 09) November 15th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    I agree with ya…real nice pitcher in NL…not interested for us in AL.

  41. thisguy November 15th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    peavy has the stuff to be an ace anywhere he pitches…watch the guy pitch…

    …the 2 problems with peavy is: when will his arm blow out, and will he ever be clutch?…he has had a problem in the postseason thus far…

    …but dont worry about where he pitches, his stuff is just as good, if not better than CC’s.

  42. Marc W November 15th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    This reminds me of Mr. Baseball…

  43. Tom K November 16th, 2008 at 3:45 am

    I don’t think the Yankees end up with Peavy…..whereas CC perhaps prefers to pitch on the West Coast, he has never given an indication that he would never pitch in NY. Peavy? If reports are true, he wants absolutely nothing to do with NY….for example, he wants to stay in the NL and be on a contending team; yet, he put the Braves on the list…and not the Mets. Not the Phillies. Not any team where giving up two runs in the first may cause some jeering.

    That said, I do think the “NL pitcher” stuff is so overblown – for every pitcher. If a pitcher is switching to a better league, adjust your expectations accordingly. Just like if a pitcher is coming from Japan, or AAA, or wherever.
    Switching leagues didn’t kill Pedro…he got even better. Schilling? No problem. Beckett? Initial growing pains, which are now worked out.
    Peavy throws in the middle 90s with hard breaking stuff – he has the kind of stuff that will work anywhere. As for the “he has only thrown X number of pitches beyond the 7th inning!” stuff…ummm, who cares? How many pitcher nowadays throw into the 8th inning, anyway? If the first six or seven innings are solid, that’s fine in the modern game of baseball.

    So I would have little doubt, if he stays healthy, that Peavy would pitch well. I just don’t think he wants to be here in any way, shape, or form and would only do so if he gets extreme compensation; perhaps to the point where he’d want his current deal thrown out the window for a much more lucrative one. I just don’t think the Yankees should go down that path.

  44. hobbie November 16th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    good luck to Darrell Rasner in Japan. He always seemed to be a class act.

  45. Pokey November 16th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Rasner didn’t have any options left. If he didn’t make the team out of ST, which is possible considering the SP hunt they are on, he would have been DFA’d and had to clear waivers before going to AAA. If you saw the writing on the wall, wouldn’t you take the money in Japan over ending up with the Orioles or the Mariners for the league minimum?

  46. 213 Area Code November 16th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Good going for The Dazzler. Nice to see a good guy take the lemons & get the lemonade.

  47. TJ November 16th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Darrell is a great guy and his wife and son are excited about going to Japan for a few years. I am happy, but sad that he won’t be with the Yanks anymore. I know his family very well and they think this is a great opportunity for him and hope that he can be a great pitcher in Japan.

  48. Troy (C.C. and Teixeira are musts) November 17th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Peace out Raz… best of luck in Japan

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