Too Many Arms
J.P. can play it cool all he wants, but the Jays really need to trade a reliever with Jeremy Accardo (who has apparently changed his delivery to reduce stress on his forearm) due to come off the DL in a couple of weeks, or they’ll just lose whoever they try to send down on waivers.
Coincidentally, Jason Frasor just pitched for the third time in four days and the fifth time in a week, after seeing action just three times the first half of this month. Who knows- all those strikeouts might land some longshot prospect…The Jays could even trade him and one of their four lefties (hopefully Tallet) with Brian Wolfe (who has pitched once in AAA since being demoted) rotting in the minors despite his 3.00 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.
As for the starting situation, Perrotto says (hat tip: mlbtraderumors) that the Jays are considering sweetening the deal to stop him from opting out:
The Blue Jays want to keep Burnett, who can opt out of the final two years of his five-year, $55 million contract in November, and may increase his 2009 and 2010 salaries by $2 million to entice him to stay. …
Cue the hysterics about how bad he’s been this season, or his stupid “.500 record” – name a pitcher the Jays are going to get for 14 million next season who can put up a sub-4.00 ERA in the AL East and lead the league in K’s. Or maybe should they rely on Purcey and Litsch to fill two spots in the rotation next year?