February 12, 2006
From the Daily News:
The Yankees claimed righty Darrell Rasner off waivers from the Washington Nationals yesterday and dumped righty reliever Jason Anderson to make room on their 40-man roster.
Rasner, 25, was 6-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) last year for Washington's Double-A team. He was 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA in five outings, including one start, after being promoted to the Nationals.
According to John Sickels, Rasner throws a power sinker in the low 90's. And, he could be considered a "surprise." He could be a factor on the 2006 Yankees.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at February 12, 2006 01:00 PM
Though he's reputed to be a Greg Maddux-type, that type of pitcher relies too much on his defense and, frankly, that's what frightens everyone about Wang and Chacon in 2006. Don't get me wrong, I like both, but putting the ball in play an excessive amount is not advisable with the Yankees' shaky outfield defense and average-to-below average infield. On the other hand, it's the type of pitcher Torre seems to like (as well as Stottlemyre...though he's gone now). Only Torre would consider a dwindling strike-out ratio (see Rivera)a sign of improvement.