So now it wasn't a joke? Well alright.
"I don't see A.J. going anywhere," general manager J.P. Ricciardi said before last night's 2-1 loss to the Tampa Rays with Burnett on the hill. "There never has been a lot of talk from other teams."
He's been saying things like that for weeks now. You should be paying more attention. The fact that you'd actually believe JP Ricciardi is quite cute, though.
Thoroughly owned because you said it's a bad deal for your team? Isn't it pretty clear to you as a Jays fan that you're out of it again this year? Why not get Burnett's contract off your hands, let Renteria play out the rest of the season and search for a cheaper SS via free agency or a trade in the off-season?
I don't think you understand just how stupid that is. Do you even understand the benefits of allowing a Type A player to become a FA? Why would the Jays dump off Burnett for an awful SS with no contract when they can just get 2 high draft picks at the end of the year? Why?!
It sounds as if Burnett isn't really wanted in Toronto....but what if he decided not to opt out of his contract? I'd rather have an aging shortstop who is off the books and gone at the end of the year than be stuck with two more years of a $12m/yr pitcher with injury problems. I'd imagine that if he got hurt, which he obviously has in the past, the chances of him opting out become less and less by the day. Detroit has the payroll etc. to take on that kind of contract and is in more of a position to risk him getting injured.
Considering what pitchers are getting in baseball nowadays (Silva, Meche, Lilly, Eaton, etc), a 2 year/24M deal is a huge bargain for a guy like Burnett with the numbers he's put up in his career. They'd certainly have no problem paying it if he stupidly decided not to opt out. However, why would his agent let him do that? It's better to get another long term contract now before he possibly gets hurt in the next few years and loses that chance. Again, I should stress that the only reason the Jays are trying to trade Burnett (supposedly) is because he is likely to opt out at the end of the year. They don't have any problem paying his contract.
Did I say it was the best deal? No. Did I say I'd do it if I was Toronto? No. But does it theoretically make sense? I'd say so.
Except it doesn't make any sense at all.