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After signing his massive $161 million dollar contract in the 2008 offseason, more than a few people wondered how well CC would actually do in New York. Some even pointed to his recent poor postseason track record as a possible downfall of CC. However, those problems never surfaced and CC had a year that all Yankees fans could be proud of (See: ALCS MVP). I know I was pleasantly surprised at how well he pitched in his first year in pinstripes considering how people like Kenny Rogers, Jack McDowell, etc have all faltered under the spotlight of the Big Apple.

Looking Ahead to 2010: Barring any major injuries or the Earth imploding, we can be assured that CC will likely have a 4 ERA or below and will be the unquestioned ace of the staff. With CC being the unquestioned ace for the foreseeable future, it allows everyone else in the rotation to fall in behind him and not need to feel as if the weight of the world is on their shoulders. Much like last season, this season will be another Cy Young worthy year for CC and I for one, welcome it.

2010 Projection: 19-8, 3.72 ERA, 192 K’s

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Now that we know where Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and John Lackey will be playing baseball in 2010, it’s time to look at the best options that the Yankees have not named Chien-Ming Wang. The best free agent options the Yankees have are Justin Duchscherer and Ben Sheets. Let’s compare these two and pick a future Yankee…

Ben Sheets- Pros

Upon mentioning his name, I know I invoke a few groans and rolls of the eyes, which is well deserved, in some cases. Though, the stats do not lie, in 8 active years, he has an ERA of 3.72 and 7.6 Ks per nine innings. Though, when healthy (and that’s a big IF) he can throw 200+ innings easily and even with injury riddled years, he provides 6+ innings in his starts. Think of this you can slide Ben Sheets in as a 4th or 5th starter and move Joba or Phil to the bullpen or rotate their starts which benefits everyone. With Ben not needing to be the #1 starter like he was in Milwaukee, he can relax and pitch his game. When healthy, Ben Sheets has the potential to be a front line starter. Sheets is also one year younger than Justin Duchscherer.

Cons

Sheets missed all of last year due to rehabilitation of his surgically repaired elbow which he injured in 2008.  All the eye rolling and scoffing at him possibly signing is well deserved. The biggest con against him is his health. If you remove 2008 from his pitching records, from 2005 to 2007, his innings pitched were: 156.2, 106, 141.1. Not exactly stellar, more like Joba rules were in effect for him. Another big IF is whether or not he’d be able to pitch in a big city market like New York. Many pitchers have come and not lived up to their expectations or wilted under the pressure (See: Javy Vasquez, Kenny Rodgers, Jack McDowell, Randy Johnson, etc al). He has also pitched solely in the National League Central… (more…)

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