Untouchable Yankees?

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Last weekend, in the middle of a big series against the Red Sox, Joe Girardi did a courageous thing: He informed Yankee legend, Jorge Posada that his days as even a platoon DH are done.  A .230 batting average with 31 RBIs will not cut it. You simply cannot have sure outs in an AL East lineup and expect to get to the playoffs, let alone progress.

While the Yankees are content with getting little return out of Posada’s $13.1 million contract, they continue to send the struggling A.J. Burnett to the mound. (Burnett is making $16.5 million this season) Since the end of June, Burnett is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA and appears to be the weakest member of the Yankees’ current six-man starting rotation. Check out how Burnett compares to the five other Yankees’ starters since the end of June:

ERs allowed (Blue) HRs allowed (Orange) & Walks (Green)

However, if the Yankees send Burnett to the bullpen they could damage his psyche even further and risk their investment over the next two years.  Is there a contract that is ‘too big to play’? If you are in the middle of a Pennant Race, the answer has to be a resounding no!

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