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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