ofahn wrote:Matt P wrote:Your plan is banking on the fact that he bounces back and is worth something in the future. There is no evidence that suggests that will happen at all. If the reason he has been bad is because he can't handle the NY spotlight why would any playoff team want to trade for him for a playoff run? If the reason he has been bad because he just isn't that good of a pitcher we are stuck with him for two seasons and wasted 10 million.
That's why it's a risk. This team has been so poorly run over the last fourteen years that we are almost bankrupt in talent. We need to add talent without giving up talent using EVERY method available. This is just one more method. If it turns out to be a bad risk, so be it. I don't think it means much anymore if you lose 90 games instead of 85. The return could be at least one, if not two, B level prospects. It's a risk I'd be willing to take.
The thing about taking a risk on Burnett is that if it fails it hurts the Orioles significantly more than it would if the Red Sox traded for him. It takes away a spot for a young guy to develop in. It takes away salary that could be used in other areas. And it would be rather pointless for us since we will not contend with him or without him.