Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A.J. Burnett, opter-outter

There is really nothing to add about the news that Allan James Burnett might prefer the company of another baseball team to the Toronto Blue Jays' exclusive company, with all the rights, privileges and contractually mandated obligations to do promos for Sportsnet Connected that come with the office.

By the way, if A.J. Burnett can get $14-$15 million per season, what do you think Bob Feller would have commanded on the open market? The mind reels.

Let us not speak of Burnett again until we know where he'll be pitching next season. There are so many good baseball sites that are all over every little bit of speculative minutaie from the winter meetings, which are "absolutely unbearable" to cover (Geoff Baker, Seattle Times), never mind read about, but you know where to find 'em. The Braves might sign the 22-year-old Japanese right-handed Junichi Tawaza. They play baseball in the Pacific Rim, but you would never know it from looking at the Rogers Blue Jays organization.

Minor League Ball also has a candid assessment of Jays catcher-of-the-future J.P. Arencibia.

Burnett opts out of deal, will become free agent (Ken Rosenthal, FOXSports.com)

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