returns to Gotham with his brand new life, reputation and resume: A 16-8 record and 3.53 ERA, which if you're scoring at home, happens to be a slight improvement over the man who turned out to be his replacement, Freddy Garcia. But - hey, who wants to hear about that? Nope, we traded AJ Burnett to Pittsburgh for a slice of pizza, and for reasons unknown to modern man - this blog somehow appeals to entities that feel compelled to scream against the storm whenever AJ Burnett's record is mentioned - and for you all who want to yell once more into the void... HAVE AT IT!
Yep. We can celebrate the future that is Freddy Garcia and Michael PinHEADa instead of AJ. He was traded because of the overwhelming surplus of pitching that threatened our well-being last March, and which almost lasted to Opening Day.
But... we all know the lines: He couldn't pitch in the AL East. He couldn't pitch in New York. He couldn't pitch for Girardi. He couldn't pitch for Rothschild. He didn't get along with Tex. He needed a change. He didn't have a fastball. He didn't have command. He wasn't worth the money. You're glad he's gone. YOU-ESS-AY... YOU-ESS-AY... YOU-ESS-AY.
Cashman's biggest blunder. Ever.
Makes the Tyler Clippard deal look like the signing of Lenn Sakata.
At the worst, we could have held onto AJ and, after he showed some zip in spring training, dealt him for honest value. Compared to the Burnett deal, the Redsocks got a steal from the Dodgers, when they dealt the last month of Becket, AGone and Crawford for some actual live arms. At least they got something. We got nothing. We just gave the guy away. Sixteen wins. Ace of their staff. He's got 172 strikeouts - only 14 below Grandyman. Unbelievable.