Will the Braves go for 5?

A.J. Burnett will not sign a contract unless it is a 5 year deal. The Yankees have declined to do that, opening a huge doorway for the Braves. But do the Braves want to go 5?? Burnett, as most know, is injured ALL THE TIME. Out of his 10 year career, he has only pitched over 200 innings 3 times. Pretty scary.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/burnea.01.shtml – this site can show you all his stats over his career. He does have a 3.81 ERA and is usually lights out when he isn’t injured. Sheets is another option and will most likely sign a contract for 2-3 years. He is also lights out when he’s healthy but I don’t know what kind of chances Wren wants to take because of last year’s injuries. I actually want to take a chance on Burnett and the Blue Jays look likely to do that too. It is a huge sign of relief if the Yanks don’t bid on Burnett so we don’t have to compete with a 20 million a year contract. These are our most likely options for next year’s rotation in order: Peavy, Hampton, Glavine, Burnett, Lowe, Tazawa, Garland, and Sheets.  I think we can get 2 of those players. The other players on our team to fill in spots in the rotation are Campillo, Parr, Morton, Reyes, Hanson, Redmond, Carlyle, and James. I doubt we will do much this offseason with the outfield. If we don’t trade for Ankiel or Ludwick or don’t sign Ibanez, then look for a Schafer/Diaz, Anderson/Diaz, and Frenchy outfield.



  1. juliasrants

    I think the Braves – or any other team – would be crazy to give Burnett a 5 year contract. It is too much of a risk. If he wasn’t healthy while young there is no reason to believe that he will be healthy now. There are other players you can go for – just not Derek Lowe; I want him back in Boston!

  2. Luke Goddard

    I say don’t give Burnett a 5 year deal. There are other options. Plus, we have some good talent to build on. Peavy should be TOP PRIORITY right now, as you’ve said.

    I’ll subscribe to your blog if you’ll subscribe to mine…

    You’re awesome, Darion. Always a good read. I was a fan before I joined the MLBlogs.


  3. wisbrave

    I would give Lowe 5 yrs before I would give Burnett 5. With that being said, I think any one that gives Burnett more than 3yrs without incentives and buyout options is foolish. He is going to get paid and get at least 4yrs out of desparation of lack of pitching and the teams in need of.

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