New York Yankees: AJ Burnett

The Cash Register: Mediocre Montero

June, 12, 2012
The Cash Register is a regular feature in which we chart how former Yankees who were traded away are faring this season.

• Seattle catcher Jesus Montero: A quiet week for Montero at the plate with no hits. He's batting .258 on the year and his OBP is just .298. It's fair to say he's been mediocre with his bat, although he did catch a no-hitter against the Dodgers.

• Seattle starter Hector Noesi: It didn't get any better for Noesi last week as the Angels hit him for six earned runs in four innings. For the year, he's 2-6 with a 5.99 ERA.

• Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy: Kennedy has won two starts to even his record at 5-5. He has a 3.93 ERA, but as previously indicated, his WHIP and opponents' batting average are both up from last year.

• Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson: Jackson returned from the disabled list and went 2-for-9 in two games against Cincinnati. Although, he did hit a three-run homer. He's batting .324 with a .404 on-base percentage.

• Detroit reliever Phil Coke: It's fair to say Coke has struggled this year. He has a 4.44 ERA and has given up 29 hits and walked six in just 24 1/3 innings. Opponents are batting .312 against him.

• Miami reliever Mike Dunn: Dunn is still in Triple-A after being sent down in late May. He has a 4.40 ERA in 10 games in the minors. It's been a rough year for the lefty.

• Boston reliever Mark Melancon: Melancon was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket after posting great numbers there. He pitched a scoreless inning against Miami on Monday and lowered his ERA to 33.00. Baby steps.

• Pittsburgh pitcher A.J. Burnett: You just knew this would happen. Burnett is 6-2 in the NL with a 3.61 ERA. Last week, he beat Cincinnati and Kansas City and has won his past five starts.

• San Francisco reliever George Kontos: Kontos made his debut with the Giants on Sunday, pitching a scoreless inning in a 5-0 loss. He gave up one hit and did not record a strikeout.

• Washington reliever Tyler Clippard: Clippard has done well as Washington's closer, including three straight saves against Boston that helped clinch the sweep. He has eight saves and a 2.30 ERA on the year and his WHIP is 0.99.

The trades

• Montero/Noesi for Michael Pineda/Jose Campos

• Kennedy/Coke/Jackson for Curtis Granderson

Melky Cabrera/Dunn/Vizcaino for Javier Vazquez/Boone Logan

• Melancon/Jimmy Paredes for Lance Berkman

• Kontos for Chris Stewart

• Burnett for Diego Moreno and Exicardo Cayones

• Clippard for Jonathan Albaladejo

A.J. Burnett: Still a Yankee

February, 15, 2012
As of 9:27 a.m. That is all. Sorry.

A.J., Jorge, Sori on waivers?

August, 2, 2011
The New York Post is reporting that the Yankees have placed A.J. Burnett, Rafael Soriano and Jorge Posada on the waiver wire, from which they can be claimed by any other major league team in the next 48 hours. Yankees GM Brian Cashman refused to confirm or deny any specific names on the list, but did say, "I sent out seven guys (Monday), I sent out another seven today and I'll send out seven more tomorrow. At some point, every single one of my guys will be on the waiver wire. It's meaningless.''

It is done to gauge interest from other clubs for possible trades. The Yankees generally assume their players will not be claimed because of their prohibitively expensive contracts -- Burnett, for instance, is owed another $33 million for the next two seasons plus a pro-rated amount of his $16.5 million salary for this season, and Soriano is owed $25 million plus the remainder of his $10 million 2011 salary -- but as Cashman said, "You never know what will happen.''

And all waivers, of course, can be rescinded by the club. The case of Posada is interesting, however, because he is owed approximately $4 million on his expiring $13.1 million deal for this year, a relatively reasonable amount. However, given his poor production this season -- .236-9-30, a .318 OBP and .382 SLG, lower than any of his teammates other than Derek Jeter and Russell Martin -- it is unlikely any other team would view him as a bargain at any price.

Maybe that is why Cashman said, "Jorge Posada isn't going anywhere.''



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HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146