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Too Many Arms

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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?

Written by halejon

July 27, 2008 at 10:46 pm

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  1. I wouldn’t complain about this, as I’m one of the few that wants Burnett to stay, but wouldn’t it make a lot more sense for him to try and get a four year deal or something? I mean, he’ll be 32 in January, and it just seems that he would be able to sign a much more lucrative contract at that age then he’ll be able to once he’s 34, no?

    Jessica

    July 28, 2008 at 12:51 am

  2. *ding* *ding* *ding* WE HAVE A WINNNNNAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YES. God yes. Especially for a pure power pitcher. If I were his agent I’d tell him that 4 mil now is a pittance – it’s all about cashing in when you’re young enough to get a monster/long contract and be ridiculously overpaid when you’re declining like crazy in your late 30’s because for some reason GM’s tend to overlook that. He might get someone to sign him until he’s 37 for big bucks, but 39? Not so likely.

    Anyway, that’s one of the big cases against him staying even if he didn’t mind being slightly underpaid that nobody ever mentions.

    halejon

    July 28, 2008 at 1:02 am

  3. I think you exaggerate a bit. If he didn’t opt out he’d be here through 2010. He would then still be able to sign a 4 year deal to take him through his age 37 season.

    Obviously his agent is going to tell him why risk the chance of decline/injury over the next 2 years, take a 5 year deal now and if you have any juice at 37 we’ll grab you one last 2-3 year deal.

    Ari

    July 28, 2008 at 1:39 am

  4. i think i’m going to head out to the Centre tomorrow. it might be A.J.’s final start in a blue jays uni. here’s hoping he sticks around.

    eyebleaf

    July 28, 2008 at 2:28 am

  5. I often wonder, in a strange and deluded way, that maybe AJ wants to spite all the people who have just automatically assumed he would opt out. He is so ego based and full of himself that I wonder if he would get off on “proving everybody wrong” and taking an extra 2 or 3 million a season and sticking around for 2 more years.

    I mean, he doesn’t always do the logical thing. The logical thing would be to opt out and sign a new 5 year deal somewhere. But it would also be the logical thing to have stuck with the 2 seamer that you rocked last year for all of this year instead of fucking around with a medicore cutter before realizing that hey, I kind of suck at throwing that pitch.

    I can dream, right?

    zeppelinkm

    July 28, 2008 at 10:24 am

  6. I am definitely hoping that AJ opts out after this season and rejects a few more kopeks to stay with the Jays. Look at his comparables at baseball-reference and you’ll find a long list of power pitchers who suffered career-ending injuries in their early ’30s. We’ve gotten three pretty good years out of AJ; love the personality and what he does on the mound, but it’s too big of a gamble even attempting to keep him given the financial resources at the GM’s disposal.

    johnny was

    July 28, 2008 at 10:57 am

  7. To go with the Griff’s article on Hill, he’s just been transferred to the 60-day – Tallet just got DL’d.

    I’d suspect that he’s probably done for the season, but that at least gives the Jays some more wiggle room when Accardo gets back.

    mulliniks

    July 28, 2008 at 1:06 pm

  8. I’d suspect that too, but the 60-day thing is just a technicality.

    And thanks for freeing up the logjam in the bullpen, Tallet! Now we don’t have to trade you. BOH.

    halejon

    July 28, 2008 at 1:12 pm

  9. Johnny – So who do they sign in the offseason?

    halejon

    July 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm

  10. Some ideas –

    Derek Lowe
    Ryan Dempster
    Oliver Perez
    Randy Wolf

    Ari

    July 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm

  11. Well, I really don’t think it matters if they sign a FA pitcher if they don’t bring in a Big Scary Bat to DH first because they won’t be a real competitor with just one or the other anyway. If that’s a cop out and the Jays HAVE to go out and get someone, oh, what the hell, I’d take the 1998 Ford Mustang with no airbags that is Brad Penny.

    I’m sure no one really wants to hear it but I think we’d be better off battening down the hatches and preparing for 2010 rather than chucking money down the Oliver Perez Hole and kicking ourselves for it for years. In two years Cecil (hopefully) is ready and we’ve got some cheap young position players like Snider/Jeroloman/Arencibia/Campbell keeping payroll down/freeing up FA cash.

    johnny was

    July 28, 2008 at 5:54 pm

  12. Penny won’t be available- there’s no way the Dodgers don’t pick him up for 6.75 million…

    halejon

    July 30, 2008 at 1:26 am


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