Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Things People Say

AJ Burnett is definitely leaving Florida, judging by his recent comments about the Marlins' front office:

"I'm so impressed with the front office here [in Toronto] and [general manager J.P. Ricciardi] and the people I've met. It's night and day from what I'm used to [in Florida]. They're all good people and it's been great so far."

Are there no good people in the Florida front office?


At 12:00 PM, Blogger Alex said...

I'm sure Blue Jay fans are ecstatic at the prospect of their team overpaying for the services of Mr. Burnett. He'll get Matt Clement money, especially with the weak free agent crop this year (my prediction: 4 years/$40 mil), which seems about right for a career .500 pitcher with a good fastball and a history of serious arm injuries.

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Kevin Kimmis said...

That was my concern too. It's bad enough he's inconsistent; the press from Florida also made him seem like a complete malcontent.

So in answer to your question, Avi, I'm inclined to think that while the front office in Florida aren't angels, they're nowhere near as bad as Burnett suggests. Otherwise, it's unlikely no amount of money would have lured Delgado there. The reality is that Burnett likes Toronto because they're wooing him; he may like it a lot less if Riccardi sticks to his Moneyball heritage and doesn't pay through the nose for him.

As for your assessment, Alex, nothing more need be said. If Toronto pays huge for him, I say we start calling him Kevin Brown Jr. (Or should it be Brown the Third, since Carl Pavano seems to have taken the former title?)

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Alex said...

The difference between Burnett and Brown is that Brown had established himself as an ace before signing his huge contract - albeit an ace who was about 35 years old.

I liken Burnett more to the parade of underachieving power pitchers like Darren Dreifort (5 years, 55 million from LA), Jaret Wright (3 years, 21 million from the Yanks) and maybe Pavano - though there's time for him to redeem himself yet. There's probably a ton of other examples I'm forgetting right now. Clement might join that list too, *sigh*


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