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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

“We’re not shopping him. We don’t want to move [A.J.] Burnett, we want him to help us win next season. But if someone was to wow us with an offer, we’d have to listen.”
"J.P. Ricciardi
Toronto Blue Jays General Manager

It wasn’t enough that he desecrated the bullpen last season during free agency, passing up arms for the bat of a player in his 40s.

It wasn’t enough he went on a spending spree without any noticeable improvement to his team.

It wasn’t enough he continues to stand by a coach who gets in fist fights with his players, and spent $55 million on an injury-plagued pitcher who, at the time, had a losing record.

And it sure as hell wasn’t enough he’s decided to stand pat this off-season despite boasting one of the most delightfully mediocre teams in baseball.

Now, J.P. Ricciardi is refusing to let go of Burnett’s brittle-as-glass arm and the $12-million salary that goes along with it.

Could he even find a suitor to pick up Burnett’s contract? I guess more inexplicable things have happened " for instance, Ricciardi still having a job.

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