Found December 05, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
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The ill-advised "mutli-year contracts to relievers" train continued to roll along on Wednesday, with the Angels signing Sean Burnett (last of the Nationals) to a two-year, $8 million deal and the Cardinals signing Randy Choate (last of the Dodgers) to a three-year, $7.5 million deal. Both of these relievers owe Brandon League and Jonathan Broxton a fistbump for setting the market so high this winter. The 30-year old Burnett had a career year in 2012 with the Nationals, posting career bests in strikeout rate and walk rate, accruing 1.1 fWAR for the Nationals while pitching to a 2.38 ERA in 70 games and 56 2/3 innings. Burnett was terror against lefties, allowing just a .534 OPS, 28 strikeouts, and one walk in 2012, but struggled much more against lefties, allowing a .767 OPS, 29 strikeouts, and 11 walks against righties. Congratlations Jerry DiPoto, you just guaranteed $8 million to a LOOGY! The Choate signing though, is much worse than Burnett's contract. Choat...
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