Burnett was lured away from retirement with a great deal from the Phillies. He gets to play closer to his Maryland home and gets a nice $15M plus from the Phillies in the first year, and the chance to return next year at about the same deal including his signing bonuses.
But was this signing the best move for the Phillies?
Let's start out with the way Burnett has been pitching this year. He's having his worst season ever for a full season as a professional pitcher. The only other time he's lost as many games during a full season was when he was with the NY Yankees in 2010 and he lost 15 games.
Burnett's record stands at 8-16 this season with the Phillies. That's 16 losses that he's been tagged with in this season that has been a complete and utter failure on all accounts with this team. Before I get a lot of mail saying "you can't tell how good a pitcher is by his record" type of emails, let me continue.
Here's some stats on Win Probability, naturally the (-) negative numbers aren't good. Burnett has seemed to turn in those negative numbers in bunches with the Yankees and now this year's Phillies team.
Burnett has been a player that has careered an aura about him. When he won a World Series with the Marlins and Yankees, his legend grew. His career record speaks differently though. His overall record as a pitcher is just a few games above .500 now for wins/losses but he's made over $135M over his career and a 4.02 ERA averaged out.
Here's Burnett's career record:
|162 Game Avg.||13||12||.512||4.02|
|FLA (7 yrs)||49||50||.495||3.73|
|NYY (3 yrs)||34||35||.493||4.79|
|TOR (3 yrs)||38||26||.594||3.94|
|PIT (2 yrs)||26||21||.553||3.41|
|PHI (1 yr)||8||16||.333||4.34|
|NL (10 yrs)||83||87||.488||3.73|
|AL (6 yrs)||72||61||.541||4.39|