Well, he’s a Pirate. Not officially – there’s a physical scheduled for Sunday, I believe – but A. J. won’t be in the Yankees rotation anymore. I wish we’d gotten more out of the deal than a couple of low-level prospects, but whatever.
Now that he’s gone, I’m kind of sad. Who will be the new pie guy? I’d give the job to Swisher, but it really needs to go to a pitcher. Maybe Joba?
By all accounts, the players enjoyed having A.J. has a teammate (Nova, especially), and he did pitch a few spectacular games. I also have a fond memory of his participation in HOPE Week when he stayed up all night to hang out with the kids who can’t be out in the sun/daylight. And I wouldn’t be shocked if he throws a no-hitter as a Pirate; he does have the stuff.
The pressure in the Bronx now falls on the shoulders of Phil Hughes, in my opinion. Will he finally take his spot as the Prospect-Who-Made-Good? I sure hope so.