Hmmm...coincidence anyone? On the same day that the Yankees free up $35 million dollars by not picking up the options of Jason Giambi and Carl Pavano, Blue Jays SP AJ Burnett announced that he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent. This seems to be a match made in heaven...the Yankees want to add two front line starters while Burnett wants to make more money than God. Match made in heaven!
Burnett has everything that the Yankees are looking for in a pitcher: he's young, he throws 98+, and is a Yankee killer. Oh yeah, Burnett has a long history of injuries, is frequently inconsistent, and will cost a boatload of money. Injuries? Who cares about injuries? It's not like the Yankees had Carl Pavano for the last four years. And money? Please. The Yankees are absolutely flushed with cash...what will it hurt to offer Burnett ace money when in reality, he is no better than a #2 or #3? Only Hank can answer that.
Mark my words, if AJ Burnett winds up in pinstripes, Yankee fans from coast to coast will be disappointed in his performance. Burnett has all the potential in the world, but he has never sustained that potential over a long period of time. You can understand why a team like the Yankees would want Burnett: he reeks of potential. But at what point does that vast potential simply turn into massive frustration? That's the story of AJ Burnett and that is exactly why the large amounts of money the Yankees could throw at Burnett will only lead to frustration.