Tuesday, September 27, 2005

DC is great, AJ

A.J. Burnett is quoted in today's Post as saying that he would "absolutely" consider coming to the Nationals next year. Burnett is a free agent at the end of this year, which, for him, came yesterday when Jack McKeon kicked him off the team. It was an odd ending to what should have been a great relationship between a potentially great pitcher and a young team. Instead, the Marlins look like they're in total disarray.

As Rowland's Office notes, Burnett has had a rocky relationship with the Marlins' seventy-something manager. How do you think that bodes for a Robinson-Burnett combo?

The Nationals nevertheless have to go after Burnett in the off-season. Burnett's 2005 stats are good: 7.92 H/9, 3.40 BB/9, 8.53 K/9, 0.52 HR/9, 3.44 ERA. He'll be the best pitcher on the market, and he has absolutely electric stuff. His fastball regularly reaches the high-nineties, and his breaking ball buckles the knees of many a hitter. On the right team Burnett could be a superstar.

With Burnett as their number 1 or 2 starter, the Nationals would have a rotation of Burnett, Patterson, Hernandez, Loaiza, and Carrasco. That would be an awesome starting rotation and one of the strongest in the majors. We have some doubt about whether the Nationals can or should sign Loaiza, but that's for a post later today.

4 comments:

Scott M. Collins said...

Whether we like it or not, we have Drese signed for next year. However, his sinkerball should be back in form after shoulder surgery.

Leiv & Erik said...

May we choose "or not"? We are not convinced that Drese is going to be a success and we have a feeling that he will at most be a fifth starter or a long reliever. His incredibly low strikeout rate isn't a harbinger of good things to come. We hope we're wrong, but...

Yuda said...

I choose "or not" on Burnett. He can take his injury-prone, overpriced hotheadedness somewhere else. Like Baltimore.

Leiv & Erik said...

Speaking of Baltimore, they REALLY awful. It's a total collapse. More on that later.