• Hey, Maybe The Braves Want Burnett To Fill Lowe’s Spot?

    Posted by on October 31st, 2011 · Comments (10)

    Yup, Derek Lowe was moved.

    The Braves were hot and heavy for Burnett at one time.  Think they’ve changed their minds now?

    Comments on Hey, Maybe The Braves Want Burnett To Fill Lowe’s Spot?

    1. Corey Italiano
      October 31st, 2011 | 1:19 pm

      Don’t think so..the Braves have a good deal of pitching as is. Lowe was going to be the long man.

    2. MJ Recanati
      October 31st, 2011 | 2:22 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      Don’t think so..the Braves have a good deal of pitching as is. Lowe was going to be the long man.

      Yep. With Hudson, Jurrjens and Beachy from last year, Hanson slated to be healthy and Teheran/Minor on the way up, Lowe was clearly extraneous, as Burnett would be.

      Further, it’s pretty clear that Atlanta has been trying to reduce payroll. Both this move and the Javier Vazquez trade were geared toward eliminating costs when there were cheaper internal options available to them.

    3. October 31st, 2011 | 2:23 pm

      I was just kidding.

      At this point, I doubt anyone would take Burnett unless the Yankees ate 90% of the contract.

    4. #15
      October 31st, 2011 | 2:48 pm

      Burnett for Lackey… Which side would say no louder? Lackey misses next year… but that opens up a roster spot! He could recover form at some point 2-3 years down the road, but he’d still be an ass. AJ finished the year on somewhat of a high note and it’s hard to see him as worse that the last two years.

    5. MJ Recanati
      October 31st, 2011 | 2:53 pm

      @ #15:
      The Yankees have Burnett for two more years, the Red Sox have Lackey for three more years. Assuming your scenario happened, the Yankees would end up paying for an extra year (2014) at the same rate ($16.5M) and that just wouldn’t make sense.

      Your calculation: “Extra 2012 roster spot > AJ Burnett for two more years” doesn’t make sense. The Yankees could easily pay Burnett out and cut him and get the roster spot and end up saving the money you’d be committing them to by adding Lackey for the next three years instead of just holding onto Burnett for two.

    6. #15
      October 31st, 2011 | 5:22 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Sorry MJ,
      I didn’t think anyone would take me seriously. Those ball and chain players aren’t going anywhere unless the current team pays out the contract (essentially DFA’s ‘em). My only concept here was to ask the question… Who has the bigger cross to bear? I think it’s probably the Botox, even if they have some sort of insurance on Lackey that covers next year’s pay following surgery (which I don’t know they have).

    7. MJ Recanati
      October 31st, 2011 | 5:30 pm

      @ #15:
      The Red Sox, for sure. They not only have an extra year at this point but they have to pay out on a guy that won’t throw a single inning for the team next year.

      The Red Sox would be better off with Burnett, no doubt.

      As to the question of insurance, I imagine any insurance provision wouldn’t kick in unless it was determined that he could never pitch again. Right now, we’re a full year away from knowing the answer to that question (and more likely two full years away). By the time we get to figure out if Lackey can ever pitch again, insurance would only be paying out the last year of his contract anyway so the Red Sox are definitely in worse shape than we are in the Lackey/Burnett conundrum.

    8. KPOcala
      October 31st, 2011 | 7:18 pm

      Every big market team, and a few small ones as well, end up with an anchor. I’m not going to miss the money, just the torture of watching Burnett trying to throw like he’s 26 again. Maybe he get’s lucky and has a ‘revelation’, stranger things have happened, no?

    9. #15
      October 31st, 2011 | 7:45 pm

      NY Post is reporting that CC is staying. No detals yet.

    10. Raf
      December 28th, 2011 | 7:37 pm

      It’s Mo’s fault!

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/mariano-rivera-thinking-mans-cutter/

      “A.J. Burnett is among those who enjoys discussing the ins and outs of pitching with Rivera.

      “A lot of people think that he’s been closing this whole time with one pitch, so how hard could it be, but he’s very intelligent,“ said Burnett. “It’s fun watching a game with him, in the dugout, before he heads out to the bullpen. He’s got such an idea of how to pitch that you would think he has four or five pitches. He talks about pitch sequencing. He’ll say, “Curveball down, right here,” or “Elevate, right here.” What he brings, pitch sequence- wise and confidence-wise… those are two things you can’t really teach. It just comes naturally for him.”

      Don’t think, AJ, you’ll only hurt the ballclub :D

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