Not since Kei Igawa have the Yankees and their fans dealt with a starting pitcher as painful as A.J. Burnett. I feel that I’ve been as fair as I can be, but this August of 2011 has drained what was left of my A.J. patience… the haircut didn’t help.
See recent posts concerning A.J. Burnett here.
Read the post A.J. Burnett: Too Big To Fail here.
The Yankees have $33 million reasons to help A.J. Burnett improve his fastball command. After the 2011 season, Burnett has two years remaining on his contract, each at $16.5 million. I can’t see anyone wanting to trade the Yankees to acquire Burnett, and he makes too much money to go the bullpen. It’s starting to look like the Yankees are going to have a below league average number five starter for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Can he turn it around?
A.J. Burnett Nicknames:
- The Untradable
- The Commandless
- The Hair-don’t
- He Who Must Not Be On The Playoff Roster
- The Choker
September 1st, 2011: A.J. Burnett’s best start since… ever? 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 hits, 4 Ks, 2 BB. Give credit where credit is due – against the Red Sox, this is an OK start.