- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Yankees give CC Sabathia a $161 million contract, then turn around and hand A.J. Burnett an $82.5 million deal.

You know, maybe the carmakers should have gone to Hank Steinbrenner for a bailout.

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Sabathia’s contract, by the way, is for seven years or seven waist sizes, whichever comes first.

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Just to show you how crazy it’s gotten, Mike Mussina, the Yankees’ big free agent signing in 2000, earned $66 million in his first five years in New York. Burnett will make $16.5 million more - a 25 percent jump - over the same length of time, according to reports.

And when Mussina came to New York, let’s not forget, he had a 136-66 career record, had been picked for five All-Star teams and was still a week shy of his 31st birthday.

Burnett comes to the Big Apple with an 87-76 record, no All-Star selections and turns 32 next month.

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Trivia question: Other than pinstripes, what do Burnett and new teammates Mariano Rivera and Xavier Nady have in common? (Answer below.)

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If Alex Rodriguez, American-born, is going to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, then Kevin Youkilis should play for Greece.

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And Hideki O’Kajima should play for Ireland.

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