Saturday, December 13, 2008

Burnett Cashes In

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It looks like match ups against the New York Yankees just got a lot more interesting.

With yesterday's announcement, the Yankees have reached preliminary agreement with A.J. Burnett for a 5 year/$82.5 million dollar deal. This deal is a win/win for A.J. - he gets a boatload of cash, and by playing in New York his family stays relatively close to their home in Baltimore.

In Burnett's short history with the Blue Jays, he ruffled a lot of feathers. From two injury-plagued seasons, to his claim wanting to play in a city that "breathes and eats baseball", to his hat tip of sarcasm.

I wish no ill-will towards A.J. Burnett, in fact I hope he is successful in New York. But if he thought fans in Toronto were critical, wait until he feels the wrath of Yankees fans. These are the same fans that boo a 12-time All-Star and a 3-time AL MVP.

In retrospect, Burnett came to Toronto and did what he was paid to do: win. This past season he set career highs in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts. J.P. Ricciardi was smart not to go over the top and offer Burnett ridiculous kinds of money, even though he did have a career year. With the departure of A.J., there is now an extra $24 million off the books for the Blue Jays, which opens up salary to other players or free agents.

So long A.J. - remember, you're just a phone call away in New York. Stop by and visit sometime, won't you? Say hi to your mother for me ... okay?

7 comments:

  1. From a individual perspective, it's weird to think about. While the Yankees put up a lot more runs/game than the Jays... the Jays bullpen's ERA was about a run less than the Yanks.

    Did you notice Burnett being bailed out by the 'pen frequently enough for this to make a huge difference?

    I talk about his individual stock here at Life of Brian.

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  2. From a individual perspective, it's weird to think about. While the Yankees put up a lot more runs/game than the Jays... the Jays bullpen's ERA was about a run less than the Yanks.

    Did you notice Burnett being bailed out by the 'pen frequently enough for this to make a huge difference?

    I talk about his individual stock here at Life of Brian.

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  3. Actually, after the All-Star break Burnett was lights out going 8-2 and never gave up more than 5 earned runs in any of those outings after the break. Before the break, Burnett was garbage. That's a contract year for ya.

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  4. It looks like there were 4 starts this season where Burnett was bailed out, but I don't think this made a HUGE difference. They were all pretty close games (1-2 run difference).

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  5. That picture is too good, Ian, too good.

    I wish him well, too, but hope he's the second coming of Carl Pavano in pinstripes.

    Fuck the Yankees.

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  6. I'm sure Burnett would lose a couple more games without having the game's best bullpen behind him but he also lost games with the Jays because they couldn't put up runs. It'll even out.

    I actually hope Burnett does well for himself, minus his starts against the Jays. I've come to like him as a ball player and as a personality.

    It'll be amusing to see if he runs around trying to give out hugs to C.C. this season.

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  7. I think a Burnett/Sabathia embrance would be HILARIOUS.

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