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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Pirates - Reportedly Signed Burnitz
Pittsburgh Pirates - Have reportedly signed OF Jeromy Burnitz to a 2-year, $12 million contract.
Woohoo! As an alleged Orioles fan, I’m pretty excited that the Pirates are bailing the Orioles out of their stupidity.
I won’t gload too much, however. There’s a whole other town of sad fans today, full of people who hope that the Pirates accidentally put together a .500 team at some point. What’s truly amazing is that this is actually a worse idea than he would be with the Orioles. In Baltimore, Burnitz wouldn’t be as good a player that a decidedly unretarded front office could find. In Pittsburgh, not only is Burnitz not better than players even a special needs GM could find, he’s not even better than the players they already have. In essence, they’re paying $6 million to downgrade the position from actual players, not theoretical ones. Even more hilariously, they’re getting a player that is guilty of the same faults that they want to replace Craig Wilson for. Jeromy Burnitz doesn’t make contact. Jeromy Burnitz has never struck out less than 100 times in a full season. And so on.
Horrible, horrible move by Dave Littlefield. If the jury’s still out on Littlefield, it’s only because the jury asked for their Chinese food to be poisoned so that they wouldn’t have to watch this team. I strongly suggest that Pirate fans really make an effort to do what I do with the Orioles - vote with your wallet. Say no to David Littlefield and his Tall Fetid Devil Id. OK, I couldn’t think of a better anagram.
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