Great signing by the Jays, getting the best pitcher on the market this year...
I'm a little hesitant about Ricciardi's 3 year extension into 2010, because I want to see this team do something first, but he's done a pretty good job thus far in his 4 seasons here..
RotoWorld wrote:Blue Jays signed RHP A.J. Burnett, who had been with the Marlins, to a five-year, $55 million contract.
ESPN is reporting that Burnett has an opt out after three years. Burnett will earn $7 million next year and $12 million in each of the following four, so he'd make $31 million before he could opt out. Since no one else is saying it, we will: this is a very good signing for the Blue Jays. Burnett is risky, but he's the one pitcher out there capable of being a dominant force for the next several years. If you're going to take a chance, it's much better to spend $11 million per year on Burnett than $7 million-$8 million on Paul Byrd or Matt Morris. And, frankly, everyone on TV and the papers expressing shock and disbelief at this deal just hasn't been paying attention. This doesn't raise the market for everyone else. Every team in MLB knew that Burnett could and likely would get this type of contract as a free agent. Deal with it. The money is out there, and it's going to get spent.
It looks like Burnett also has an opt out in the deal as well, though who backs out of 24 million dollars? Rotoworld seems to like the signing, as well.
This will make the Jays a much stronger team next year, they just need to add a few productive hitters to become a true contender (which I admit, is much easier said then done). I've heard Wilkerson, Mench and Overbay as possibilities.