Open Thread: Darrell Rasner


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From waiver wire fodder to rotation regular, Darrell Rasner is little more than a footnote in Yankees history. He made a total of 29 starts and seven relief appearances for New York from 2006-2008 (most coming in 2008), pitching to a 5.06 ERA and a 4.70 FIP in 158.1 IP. His best career start came on May 21st of his final season in pinstripes, when he held the Orioles scoreless over seven innings.

Three years ago today, the Yankees sold Rasner to the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League at his request. They received a million bucks in return, and Rasner received a new two-year contract and some financial security for his family. He pitched to a 5.09 ERA in 233.2 IP during the life of the contract, then inked another one-year deal with an option last winter. I don’t know what happened this season, but Rasner appeared in just one game (three shutout innings with five strikeouts) for Rakuten. Perhaps he got hurt? I don’t really know. No decision has been made on his option yet (their season is still being played), but hopefully he lands back on his feet.

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Here is your open thread for the night. All three hockey locals are in action (the Rangers and Islanders against each other), but you can use this thread to talk about anything you want. Have at it.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Art Vandelay says:

    how come players can be sold to japanese teams but japanese players have to be posted ?

    serious question.

  2. Jesse says:

    Here’s a question: If you had to use one stat to judge a pitcher, what would it be?

  3. kenthadley says:

    Would you trade Hughes, Noesi, and Romine for Danks?

  4. Brooklyn Ed says:

    KenDavidoff: The #Yankees like the #WhiteSox’s John Danks, but aren’t sure there’s a fit for a trade. #Yankees will keep Banuelos, Betances.


    I’m sure Cashman and Williams will work out something.

    • Jesse says:

      And will include A.J Burnett :)

    • Sheepmeister says:

      Cash: I’ll give you bench player and a AAA pitcher who has a 75% chance of flaming out for Danks

      Williams: Are you trying to do the same thing as you did for the swisher trade

      Cash: Nooooooooooooooooo…?

      Williams: Ok, done deal.

    • Mattchu12 says:

      While Banuelos and Betances belong nowhere near a deal for Danks, this is exactly the kind of move that I would love to see Ninja-Cash make.

      Danks + signing Darvish and ‘Derek Lowe’ing AJ would make me very happy.

  5. Jesse says:

    Does anyone know when the Top 10 Yankee prospect list for 2012 gets released?

  6. teddy says:

    MarcCarig Marc Carig
    “I just liked his aggressiveness,” Bob Garber, CJ Wilson’s agent, on Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

  7. Grit for Brains says:

    1. ManBan and Betances obviously should not be in any trade for Danks, but I do think one of those guys would be what it would take to start the year with Danks in the fold…I hope Cash wouldn’t do that, and I don’t think he would. I also don’t think Chicago is itching to trade him especially with the reality that Buerhle could well be gone. They probably figure if were not getting a “can’t miss” high ceiling guy, we’ll wait till the deadline and get a similar package. Who knows, we’ll see if Cash can pry him loose for less.

    2. Read on MLBTR the A’s want a Haren like package for Gio…haha, funny

    3. I actually think not trading AJ is probably what makes the most sense regarding AJ at this point. Your not going to get anything of substance and the savings would be minimal. Might as well pay him to eat innings on the Yanks rather then somewhere else

  8. Steve S. says:

    Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggrevation
    2011-10-14 2011-10-14 Off 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Loose Bodies 2011-10-14 -
    2011-08-13 2011-08-29 15-DL 16 11 Left Shoulder Inflammation - - -
    2011-06-30 2011-06-30 DTD 0 0 Right Wrist Contusion with laceration from batted ball - —-
    2009-04-29 2009-05-08 DTD 9 7 Left Ankle Sprain — - —-
    2009-04-23 2009-04-23 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Contusion — - —-
    2009-03-10 2009-04-04 Camp 25 0 Left Elbow Inflammation Posterior Lateral - —-
    2007-08-17 2007-09-18 15-DL 32 30 Left Elbow Sprain Mild UCL - —-
    2006-08-24 2006-08-24 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Laceration Index Finger - —-
    2006-07-29 2006-07-29 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion Batted Ball - —-
    2006-05-19 2006-06-06 15-DL 18 17 Left Shoulder Strain — - —-
    2006-02-03 2006-03-15 Camp 40 0 Low Back Inflammation Degenerative Disc Disease - Yes
    2005-07-20 2005-09-11 Minors 53 45 Low Back Soreness Degenerative Disc Disease - —-
    2005-01-28 2005-01-28 Off 0 0 Left Hand Surgery 5th Metacarpal fracture from fight 2005-02-03 —-
    2004-04-08 2004-05-18 Minors 40 0 Left Elbow Inflammation Tendinitis - —-
    2003-10-10 2003-10-10 Off 0 0 Low Back Spasms —


    When you eliminate the minor bumps and bruises, I count 4 elbow injuries, 2 shoulder problems and 2 back injuries related to a “degenerative disc disease”. Might help explain why his GM didn’t want to lock him up to a long term deal.

  9. Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

    Always liked Rasner. One of those guys who seemed to be on the cusp of figuring it out, but never really did.

    • Steve S. says:

      He was an easy guy to root for. Career minor leaguer who seemed to figure things out in AAA and got his cup of coffee in the bigs. Even managed to make a few bucks for himself and family when he went to Japan. Nice story.

      He’s also one of the first guys I think of when discussing how minor league numbers don’t always translate to MLB success. I think he had a 0.88 ERA in AAA when he was called up, and his MLB ERA was around 5+ as Mike noted. Just goes to show what a big jump it is.

    • from japan says:

      He was converted to a closer in the middle of the season and
      made more of success in the new role than in the starter, his
      first role. I think the team would exercise his option for the
      2012 season.

  10. John S. says:

    Marc Carig
    Yankees invite C.J. Wilson to New York to meet with team: Pitcher’s agent meets with Yankees GM Brian Cashman

  11. CMP says:

    Terrible news about Matt Kemp’s long term deal. He would have been a great replacement for Swisher next year. I guess the Yankees need to take a harder look at Cespedes since they really have no real outfield prospects in the upper levels on the farm.

    • Steve S. says:

      If the Yanks land Cespedes and he’s for real, then the timing works out beautifully. Let him spend a year in the minors, prove he is/isn’t ready and then you make a decision on Swisher. If he destroys the minors, you could even move Swish mid season if you had to.

  12. Plank says:

    Why is there this new sentiment in the comments this offseason of defining pitchers by a subjective 1-5 scale. There are so many ways to look at pitchers both in what they’ve done and what they may do.

    Why define a pitcher in such a clumsy way?

    A: He’s a number 3.
    B: No way. He’s a number 4 at best.
    C. You’re both wrong, he’s been a number 2 his whole career.

    I’d rather read people using wins to justify which pitcher they like.

  13. Craig says:

    According to LoHud, teams have inquired on Swisher, Gardner, Martin and even AJ.

    • Steve S. says:

      I have a not so crazy trade proposal for Burnett.

      Burnett+ for Juan Uribe.

      Uribe makes 8 mil next 2 seasons, AJ was worth 6.7 mil according to Fangraphs but made 16.5. Burnett plus a mid level prospect should get it done. Uribe was awful for the Dodgers last year, but has some upside. Was 3+ win player in 09/10 for the Giants. Still just 32 years old. Make Uribe your infield supersub, or flip him in a side deal.

    • RetroRob says:

      The Yankees had inquiries on AJ last year, too, but Cashman was hesitant to move as the loss of Pettitte and the non-acquisition of Lee was already creating an innings problem. Even 195 bad innings has some cascading positive impact. Ironic, considering AJ’s rep coming to the Yankees was a quality pitcher who couldn’t give innings. Now he gives innings, but is horrible. Losing three mph off one’s fastball will do that.

      I’m also guessing the Yankees weren’t quite ready to give up on AJ after one bad year and have to throw in $25 million for the honor.

      I do think they’ll move him and throw money in this time if they can bring in two other starters.

  14. Billion$Bullpen says:

    “He wears his hat with a flat brim, and it looks pretty stupid.”

    My favorite line ever on this site.

  15. moonimus says:

    I would include betances in a deal for danks if I knew we could lock him up. Betances doesn’t impress me as much as manban. Definitely trade the risky upside for a bonafide major league pitcher especially a lefty in his prime. My two cents.

  16. Jonathan says:

    Darrel Rasner. I dunno if anyone else is into as much as I am but one of the quizzes they have is naming who made the top 5 starts in every year from 1995-09 and in 08 Ponson and Rasner were part of it…ouch.

  17. Jose M. Vazquez.. says:

    Rassner just reminds me of a period in Yankee history where we had two or three starters that when they were to pitch you would say to yourself “today we lose”.

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