Burnett- the next Randy Wolf

By jason keen
Updated: December 3, 2008

Okay, A.J. Burnett does have a career 3.81 earned run average playing for the Marlins in the nl east and the blue jays in the al east, not exactly the easiest divisions to pitch the last several years. However, going in to the 2008 season, he was 69 and 66 for his career. And, as history shows, he would have arguably his best year in a contract year.

For only the second time in his ten year career, he started more than 30 games. And, for the third time he pitched more than 200 innings. Burnett pictiched 221 innings in 34 starts, both career highs. He would end 18 wins, the first time he would surpass 12 in a single season, which he previously accomplished twice.

It is hard to argue with a 3.81 career era, but I will if it is going to cost a team 14 million a year. Are you kidding me? Not including his 2003 campaign in which he pitched in only 4 games, he has had a sub-4.10 era in 8 of 9 seasons. Although he has more sub-4.10 seasons than mussina, pettitte, peavy, maddux, glavine, and soon to be ex-teamate halladay, he also has yet to remain healthy.

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