Yankees, Rays, and Red Sox: Free-Agent Notes

JerseySenior Analyst IJanuary 5, 2009

In my last post, I discussed Andy Pettitte's rejection of the Yankees' offer, so I won't rehash it. There are, however, a few other free-agent notes I thought were worth mentioning.

Jason Varitek initially demanded $40 million over four years. That's nothing short of laughable. The guy was horrendous last year, and he's old and declining. Four years at any price would be insane, and $10 million a year is foolish as well.

Supposedly, he's lowered his offer to two years at $10m per; not quite as moronic, but still a crazy amount. I hope the Red Sox spend it.

The Rays signed Pat Burrell to a two-year deal worth $16 million. First of all, it's an amazing signing. Burrell is a great hitter and worth more than $8 mil a year. He'll really help the team, and he's coming at a huge bargain.

I've often criticized Rays ownership for putting little effort into the team, and this does exonerate them, to an extent. Not totally, as they may have only been willing to shell out because he was coming cheaply, but it is still a great move, and it does indicate some willingness to spend. Props to Team Sunshine on the signing.

Bobby Abreu is not going to make a lot of money this year. Lousy time to be a free-agent outfielder. At the time, many criticized the Yankees for not offering him arbitration (myself included), but that move now appears to be wise.

He would have made a lot of money had they done so, and their outfield would be completely overcrowded.