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Why are the Pirates trading for AJ Burnett?
Posted 11 February 2012 - 09:11 AM
Posted 12 February 2012 - 03:50 PM
Last year, his xFIP was 3.86, a pretty solid number. He was plagued by a ludicrous 17% HR/FB ratio, which is not sustainable. A move away from the loaded (both in elite players and tiny ballparks) AL East into a weak NL Central would, presumably, help him get that ERA to a much more valuable area. If he were to stay reasonably healthy and put up 4.10-4.40 ERA's over the next two years in Pittsburgh, which I feel is extremely possible, the trade would be worth it for the Pirates.
And from a contention point of view, those 2 WAR or so he would provide could be gigantic in such a weak division, especially if McCutchen becomes the megastar he's expected to, and Alvarez starts playing like he can. (At least in 2013, cause the Reds are going for it this year)
Posted 12 February 2012 - 10:35 PM
Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt both spurned them so they're getting desperate. They're trying to get the fans to believe in them, and they have a shot at a winning record if Alvarez ever gets his shit together.
I agree with this statement. To me, this smells of the ownership trying to do what it can to try and convince the fan base, and themselves if you think about it, that they are truly trying to compete, and not just forgetting that they were once 51-44 and in 1st place in the Central division last year ... or considering it a flash in the pan. If I am a Pirates fan, this is the best I have felt about my team in years. There is, if nothing else, legitimate hope that they can win again.
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