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February 12, 2006

Darrell Rasner

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.

Posted by: JohnnyC [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 12, 2006 08:41 PM