Last week I did a piece on the value of Pat Burrell. I personally think he's a good fit on the Phillies, and am not willing to trade him away for nothing, especially at the expense of eating a portion of his contract. I know my opinion isn't popular with some, as in the comment section of last week's post you were all but calling for his head. Look at it this way, Burrell did us a favor, if he would have accepted that trade to the O's, we'd now have an 18-game loser Rodrigo Lopez on our staff...no thanks! I'd rather have Burrell's near .900 OPS with 29 homeruns and 95 rbi. Keep in mind those numbers were produced on a gimp foot, fragile wrist, and crushed ego. Did Burrell disappoint? Sure.
Does Burrell cause a clog on the basepaths that Drano and Liquid Plumr couldn't fix? Well, yeah. Does he blankly stare at 3rd strikes pass him by with more regularity than Stevie Wonder would? Ok, yes. It's even been suggested that Burrell is not a team player, and does not fit the mold of the new "gritty, go get 'em" Phillies. Fans often complain about his lofty contract which brought on lofty expectation...unfulfilled expectations thus far.
Burrell has other attributes that we're not paying close enough attention to. For example, the Phillies are smart in paying him every pretty penny of that 12 million because he needs it for his night life habits. And don't go thinking Pat's the only one benefiting from a little T&A at the strip club, a happy ending at the massage parlor, or endless amounts of alcohol being gulped at local pubs. Oh no, he lets his friends in on the action too. Rookie Chris Coste is a goofy looking butt-nugget, so Burrell often befriends him for a night out on the town and allows him to use his tab. See that Burrell is a team player, he just gives and gives and gives...just any of the girls at Show & Tell. Burrell is all about having a good time, and that's exactly what he does. He goes out nightly, gets blitzed out of his mind, finds a fine lady, and rattles her cage, then gives her money for a cab afterwards...good man. And you want to trade this playa away?