I bring to you the much heated debate of the worth of Pat Burrell. All around the Phillies blogsphere I have been reading comments by Phillies fans praying/hoping/demanding Pat Burrell be traded. I can understand why people would want that. As it's been well documented that he is slow on the basepaths, limited range in the outfield, grounds into double plays, and watches a sickening amount of called 3rd strikes...doesn't sound like a winner does it? No wonder the fans boo his ass off the field every chance they get. Not to mention this schmuck is in line to make around 12 million next season.
Does this player sound like a loser that you would want to trade away- (past 2 seasons) 78/80 runs, 32/29 homeruns, 117/95 rbi, and .893/.890 OPS? No, that sounds like a player we'd want to trade for or sign off the free agency market in order to be protection for Ryan Howard in the 5 hole in the lineup. That player is Pat Burrell. He had a horrible season with men in scoring position, but that fluctuates from season to season. He was banged up with a bum foot and wrist. Burrell was probably mentally tired by season's end too, as the home and away crowds constantly let him know how they felt about him...BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! All that shit and he still managed an excellent OPS.
The last 2 months of the season is when Burrell haters started really showing up. Yes, some have always disliked Burrell since his disastrous 2003 season, but others came out in droves while the Phils were making their push for the Wild Card. Fact is he was pretty consistent all season long in regards to OPS...amazingly so, I didn't even believe it at first. So here is my assessment on Pat Burrell- he is a below average fielder with a plus arm, a slow runner, has the ability to get on base, knock in runs, hit the long ball, and overall is an above average MLB OF. I know you guys don't like to hear that, but it's the truth, he performs far above the average outfielder. Notice I didn't say he was worth 12 million though.
12 million dollars is probably a big reason fans want to see Burrell leave. Well, we'd have to eat a portion of the 12 million, probably wouldn't get much of a package in return, and would be left with a gaping hole in LF to fill. Our in house options of Rowand, Victorino, Conine, Roberson, and Bourn are nowhere near Burrell offensively...this once again is true! Why would we trade Burrell away and pay a portion of his salary, and then fill the void with a less superior alternative? Just doesn't make sense. People might sign "get someone better than Burrell". Well then you have to pay that player X amount of dollars, plus add the part of Burrell's contract on top of that...once again doesn't make sense.
I say unless we can trade Pat Burrell straight up for a starting pitcher or 3rd baseman without eating any of his contract, then it's simply not worth trading him. Burrell should take the offseason to rest/repair mentally and physically and come back and produce and make fans happy again. So as bad as you hate Burrell right now, just imagine his bat not in the lineup and a full season of Jeff Conine or Chris Roberson instead...we have to take what we can get, and we got Burrell. I know people want Soriano, but he's costly and unlikely. What really needs addressed is that butt-plug of a 3rd baseman with a bat so weak that Corey can actually hit better than him.
P.S. Take notice to the position listed on the baseball card. Also, I can't wait to see people's comments about this.