Thursday, December 4, 2008

Yanks Giving Burnett The 5th Year?

Saw this over at MLBtraderumors. Ken Davidoff at Newsday mentions that the Yankees are willing to give A.J. Burnett a vesting option for a 5th year. I'm not 100% on the definition of vesting option, but I think it means that the 5th year would automatically kick in if A.J. were to meet certain stipulations. For example, if A.J. pitches a minimum of 180 innings in year 4, the 5th year automatically kicks in. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure it's something along those lines.

I would much prefer this to a guaranteed 5th year. There are a lot of red flags when it comes to Burnett. I don't think he's proven himself worthy of a guaranteed 5 year deal. He needs to earn it and a 5th year vesting option would be ideal. If the Yanks happen to sign him, I still wouldn't be overly thrilled. I know he's one of the best options available and the Yankees rotation is in need of a lot of help. He would definitely better the ball club, but I just don't trust him to perform. I'm not sold on the guy as being legit. He has the stuff physically, but I'm not sure if it's there mentally.

It probably won't matter anyway. The Braves are reportedly giving him a guaranteed 5th year which I think is enough to get him to sign with Atlanta. The stove is heating up. Hope some things happen soon.

Peace, love and Pinstripes,



She-Fan said...

Good. Let the Braves have him. We don't have to pay him for 5 years and we won't have to face him in the AL. But please let us sign SOMEBODY.