The requisite information, which originally came from an Arkansas TV reporter:
Hearing Arkansas native A.J. Burnett has reached a one year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. @THV11— Hayden Balgavy (@HaydenBalgavy) February 12, 2014
Honestly? I'm just happy this is all over with.
As I've said before, I would've liked to see Burnett back in a Pirate uniform, but at the same time, geez, $16 million for a 37-year old feels like a move that would be pretty dangerous for the Pirates to make. I'm sure the financial aspect of this will be discussed repeatedly until there's actual baseball to talk about, which is thankfully coming soon.
Anyway, this means that Edinson Volquez has a firm lock on the fifth starter's job. I will probably spend the rest of February and March wondering/writing about if there's any chance he'll be a decent pitcher or if there's any chance Stolmy Pimentel can steal the last starter's spot from him.
It's not like AJ owes the organization anything--he took the bump every fifth day for two years and more than gave the Pirates their money's worth. If the Phils think he's worth $16 mil that's fine, and more power to AJ; as Pat says, that's a big chunk of change for one 37-year old pitcher, and, given the fact that it looks like the Pirates are gonna need some financial flexibility at the deadline, it's a risk they can't likely afford.
It would have been nice to see him return to the Bucs for one more year, for a reasonable salary. At 37 though that is way too much money. The Philies like most teams in Philadelphia no matter the sport, seem to go after "the big name" for big money on the short term. The Phillies need hitting. AJ will probably be end up with a .500 record unless he gets some run support.
But but but he gave us his word: Pirates or retirement.
Jeez, Burnett acted as if this was a REAL serious business when we all know MLB is just a bunch of best buddies playing some ball together for the summer. And a buddy's word is his bond. Right? Right?
@wkkortas He was a good teammate when he was here and he left for an offer that was 33% above ours. I'd rather we miss him than commit $16M.
@DopplerDon You know, in Philly, AJ qualifies as one of the kids.