Via Bill Madden –
Now that Joe Girardi is back in the fold, the Yankees turn their full attention to finding a new pitching coach – which, in the long run, may actually be a more important hire than the manager. Or as one baseball person observed at the World Series Thursday: “The Yankees can say all they want about (Dave) Eiland’s firing having nothing to do with A.J. Burnett’s collapse after he took that leave of absence, but whoever they hire to replace him had better have a comprehensive plan and idea for how to straighten Burnett out. You’re talking about a $50 million-$60 million investment left there – on a pitching staff that is already one top-of-the-rotation starter short – and if they don’t get Burnett straightened out, they’re gonna be in trouble, even if they are able to sign (Cliff) Lee.”
Or, we can just add Burnett to the list of Brian Cashman failed pitching acquisitions and tell him to get in line behind Weaver, Vazquez, Brown, Pavano, and Igawa.