There I was, just minding mg own business at work, when I got a text message from my friend Kevin that said “We signed your boy.” That only meant one thing, and that one thing was one, Sean Burnett.
If you follow me on twitter, it’s no secret that I’ve been pining for Burnett’s signing for some time now. A lefty arm, not named Hisanori Takahashi, who is good against righties (career .268/.348/.398 against him), and dominant against lefties (career .225/.291/.337 against). He pitches with deception, he pitches low in the zone, and he misses bats. Be still my heart.
Aside from getting a legitimately good arm for the pen, the price Dipoto paid for it couldn’t have been better. Two years, $8 million with an option for 2015. Repeat after me, bar-gain. Dipoto has done a very good job following what should be a golden rule, “Don’t spend big on the bullpen” with both this signing and the Ryan Madson deal.
Another player affected by this deal is young Nick Maronde. By signing a lefty who is not a specialist, Dipoto has practically ensured that Nick will head back to the minors for 2013 and continue his progression towards being a starter. Adding depth to a rotation that sorely needs it while simultaneously solidifying the middle of a bullpen that was the Angels Achilles Heel in 2012. Even though I personally would be tempted to put them both on the Big League roster, but my man crushes are besides the point.
I really shouldn’t be this excited about a left handed reliever. It’s not healthy, it’s not normal, for crying out loud we’re only going to get roughly 70 innings a year from him (He’s averaged 71 over the last four seasons). But, the ramifications that this one signing has, throughout the entire pitching staff, cannot be brushed aside. This is a great move by Jerry Dipoto, not just to shore up and complete a bullpen, but to add depth to the starting rotation as well. Well done, Jerry. Well done.