Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/24/14

In this article by Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, Griffin makes the ludicrous assertation that MLB commissioner Bud Selig should have considered using his "best interests in baseball" clause to void the trade of AJ Burnett from the New York Yankees to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

My immediate answer? "Um....why exactly?"

Griffin's major argument is essentially, "well, the Yankees gave Burnett the contract, they should be forced to keep him and start him every five days because they boosted the value of free agent starters that winter!" He also states that the deal is great for both teams, because it gives the Pirates a top of the line starter, and it gives the Yankees a little more payroll flexibility. So how exactly is this a deal that should be voided?

Both teams are making out in the deal. Salary dumps happen all the time. Where was Griffin when the Cubs essentially gave away Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins, ate about 85% of his contract, and got an inferior starter (Chris Volstad) in return? Isn't that even more of a salary dump?

Griffin just seems to be bitter that Burnett opted out of his contract with the Blue Jays (located in the city where Griffin's columns are published), and went to the divisional rival, and much-hated, New York Yankees. It's similar to Roger Clemens revitalizing himself with the Blue Jays, and then forcing a trade to New York at his first possible chance.

There really is no credence to Griffin's argument here. He's just an angry man with a grudge against a franchise.

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1 Comment:
  • leroydyno123

    Hi there this is a Pirate fan. Pirates and N. Huntington are finally learning how to roll up there sleeves and play poker with the big boys. Pirates used draft to even the playing field for small market teams. Baseballs collective bargaining unit cried foul. Now they have 6.5 million to spend.
    Pirates for years dumped players for nothing no questions asked then. Pirates are using every means possible to get back to where they were 2o years ago. I am a pirate fan for life so all teams that need salery reief contact Pirates Ceo they still need a solid every day first baseman/clean up hitter. This accomplishes 2 things increase in runs,and Jones and Meghee off the bench. Power hitters only need apply- Cash relief in return. Yankees keep us on speed dial, signing Ilbanes for 1 million is geniuse. Please hook up D. Lee as dh and Pirates get more to spend on draft ,Send more cash. I like Burnett bold move for Pirates, but I once liked my ex - wife as well.


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