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Nats win arbitration case against Burnett

At least with respect to arbitration cases, the Washington Nationals have started the season undefeated. A three-person panel on Friday determined that relief pitcher Sean Burnett will earn $775,000 in 2010, not the $925,000 he requested. Earlier in the week, Washington won its other arbitration case against relief pitcher Brian Bruney. The Nationals have no remaining unresolved cases.

This was the first season in which Burnett, 27, was eligible for arbitration. He earned $408,500 in 2009, which he split between Pittsburgh and Washington. A part of the midseason trade that also brought Nyjer Morgan to the Nationals, Burnett went 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 71 games (57-2/3 innings). With the Nationals, Burnett had a 3.20 ERA in 33 games (25-1/3 innings).

I'll have plenty of notes from the morning soon to come. But now, gotta head down to Jim Riggleman's morning meeting with the media.

By Chico Harlan  |  February 19, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
 
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CMW news conference? You might be able to practice some of your Japanese?

Posted by: periculum | February 19, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

CMW is from Taiwan. He speaks Chinese. Nice.

Posted by: chekhov1 | February 19, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

OK, now let the comments start about how cheap the Lerner's are for taking these guys to arbitration over a total of $500K.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | February 19, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Half street made the point that we need a shortstop.

I can only assume that Rizzo simply couldn't find a trade partner because this point seems to obvious.

It's hard to imagine where they could find a trade partner though given the lack of talent in our organisation.

Posted by: soundbloke | February 19, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

So why didn't Detweiler have surgery last fall instead of this week! Another sportsmedicine debacle for the Nats? How many cases of poor medical management do we have to endure before the Nats clean up that front office problem? Great job with scout this off-season, but hey, how about little love for the medical upgrade?

Posted by: DCSec112 | February 19, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Not cheap, well not for this reason - they won. The arbitrator thought the club closer to the mark than the player.

The Lerners are cheap for, among other reasons, never spending more on payroll than MLB did back in that no revenue generating dusty dump of RFK.

Posted by: dfh21 | February 19, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

DCSec112, hard to know if it is the fault of the medical staff here or Detwiler not being more forthcoming about the pain he was in. It's not like you routinely scan every part of every player just for the heck of it.

Ah dfh21 you're nothing if not consistent, I'll give you that

Posted by: SCNatsFan | February 19, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

How can you guys call Lannan a "solid #2" when Dana Brown (a scout) and sabermetrics AGREE that he isn't?

Posted by: lpatashn | February 19, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

They may have Japanese reporters at the news conference as well.

Be nice to be the Devil Rays. Be nice to be a trade partner with Devil Rays as their owner has announced they will be cutting the payroll again. Lots of pitching.

Posted by: periculum | February 19, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Ominous, ominous, omnious ... sigh ...

MLB Trade Rumors:

"Talking to Ladson, Burnett had this to say about the hearing: 'It was interesting. I learned a lesson. I don't want to deal with it again.'"

Posted by: periculum | February 19, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

SCNats,

You're pretty consistent yourself, you know.

I'll give you credit though, only a true optimist could see this franchise as a prize winning Rose when really, right now, it is a dog crap covered daffodil.

Thanks Uncle Teddy.

Posted by: Section505203 | February 19, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

So does anyone have pics of Balester's new porn star moustache?

Posted by: twinbrook | February 19, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I was reading Jayson Starke's article about the Devil Rays too.

How long does it take (or did it take?) the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to build their farm system ... from respectability to top of the heap? I don't think they are the top organization ... but they seem to do pretty well with a low payroll? What's the difference between the Nats and that organization?

Posted by: lerici | February 19, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I heap a fair amount of blame on the Lerners, but these two arbitration cases are not cases of them being cheap or uncaring or anything else.

One thing we do not know is what offers Rizzo made to Burnett and Bruney. We know that Rizzo submitted a salary of $775,000 for Burnett's arbitration case, but he could have offered a different number (more or less) in a proposal to Burnett prior to Burnett filing for arbitration.

Burnett and Bruney choose to arbitrate every bit as much as the Nat's did. They knew what that meant, they knew what they were doing. And apparently Rizzo's proposed salary was closer to "reasonable" than their proposed salary.

There's no reason this should affect anything when it comes to playing baseball. If it does, than that player needs a reality and maturity adjustment.

Posted by: Sunderland | February 19, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@Sunderland,

These are young guys in their 20's? Bowden was much less than kind ... (speaking of maturity and reality?) to state publicly that he told ownership that there was an even chance that Dukes would either be in an All Star game or in jail. Bowden is a jerk.

Still it underlines a point. These players supposedly have agents who are supposed to "manage" them while they play ball. They are paid well. If I am an agent I am not going to expose my client to that process if I think it is going to have a detrimental effect on him? Shouldn't a good agent avoid this? These are 20 something athletes ... you can't expect the same level of maturity from someone fresh out of high school or college.

They will feel slighted. What part Rizzo and/or the agents played in this? I hold both parties accountable. They should both have worked to find a way around it.

Posted by: periculum | February 19, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@lerici, the Rays were pathologically dreadful for fully ten years--IIRC they never finished higher than last place, and they never finished with a winning record, before 2008. That's not rebuilding, that's just suckage.
But as for how long it took to rebuild, if you count from the new owners taking over for 2006, it was fairly quick, considering. They did inherit some decent players, though. Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli, Johnny Gomes, Jorge Cantu, and Scott Kazmir; Delmon Young and B.J. Upton were already in the system.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | February 19, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The Lerners, OTOH, bought a team that had Ryan Zimmerman, and ... give me a minute, there had to be somebody else...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | February 19, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

That doesn't mean he can't practice. No one will understand him, probably, but then, that's what happens whenever I speak Japanese.

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CMW news conference? You might be able to practice some of your Japanese?
Posted by: periculum | February 19, 2010 11:51 AM
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CMW is from Taiwan. He speaks Chinese. Nice.
Posted by: chekhov1 | February 19, 2010 11:59 AM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | February 19, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Periculum, we're agreeing more than you realize (methinks you just like to argue?).

Hold both parties accountable? Absolutely.
"Burnett and Bruney choose to arbitrate every bit as much as the Nat's did."

I just don't think blaming the Nationals or calling them cheap is either fair or objective.

Posted by: Sunderland | February 19, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, if my salary were depending on that kind of system, I wouldn't enjoy it, either.
For $350,000 I could learn to like it, but still.

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"Talking to Ladson, Burnett had this to say about the hearing: 'It was interesting. I learned a lesson. I don't want to deal with it again.'"
Posted by: periculum | February 19, 2010 12:42 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | February 19, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Burnett used that clip of the Fuerer saying what a good kid he was, as part of his trade rant. It would explain why he lost.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | February 19, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Because he takes the ball every fifth day, and gets outs?

I understand there are conventions to stuff like this, but there's no rule in baseball defining "#2 starter"--just custom and accumulated practices, which a) change sometimes, and 2) permit exceptions.

How "solid" an exception to the rule can be considered, that's a good question. But still.

For my part, I think he's an overachieving 3, but that's not what you asked.

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How can you guys call Lannan a "solid #2" when Dana Brown (a scout) and sabermetrics AGREE that he isn't?
Posted by: lpatashn | February 19, 2010 12:29 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | February 19, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The Bale-stache:

http://img124.yfrog.com/i/r6mo.jpg/

Posted by: comish4lif | February 19, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

comish4lif, thanks. I hope he makes the team so they can do a bobble head of him and his 'stache.

Posted by: twinbrook | February 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

SCNats: With the piles of evidence that the Lerners are cheap laying all about us, it is not hard to remain consistent on the point. Worse than them being cheap, they are not very smart when it comes to baseball.

Posted by: dfh21 | February 19, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I think he is a #2 because he always takes his turn and for the most part gives you a chance to win each time he takes the mound. I think the guy has exceeded what Brown thought he could do.

As for arbitration, I agree that players (and agents) know what arbitration hearings are like so if it goes to the hearing no one should be surprised that the team undersells the player. If you don't want to get your feelings hurt then don't go, same as if you think a players mental makeup is too fragile then the team shouldn't take that player.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | February 19, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Sunderland. The players and the agents can accept the offer the Nationals made, or they can take their chances and try and milk more. If someone harbors a grudge against the team for following the process that was negotiated through the collective bargaining agreement, then they should be required to move the woodpile, or go dig a hole and then fill it back in (aka - attitude check). The system is what the system is - and if the players think they can game it by sitting through a hearing where the club details why they offered what they did, so be it.

I expect a 20-something to act just as much an adult and perform as professionally as anyone else who has a job and is denied a raise. At least these folks get an unbiased arbitrator to decide!

Posted by: dand187 | February 19, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@sunderland: (methinks you just like to argue?).

Bad habit I suppose ... good, strong debates on technical problems and approaches often lead to epiphanies. As long as they don't get personal.

I really hope guys like JZimm, C. Duncan, et al can come back from their injuries ... but every time you think someone can make it back you end up being disappointed. Clearly JD Martin and Burnett are not the same pitchers after their surgeries ... I can expect that JZimm, Olsen, Wang etc. will be either. Perhaps there is hope that with just the bone spurs Stammen will be okay. Detwiler with just the hip?

Guess I've decided to watch and see how quickly Holder and Karns can move through the system. They purportedly are power pitchers like JZimm with control and consistency problems. Holder pitched over 240 innings in college went to a couple of world series and was the ace and leader of his staff. I think he is our best hope (short of a trade) for getting a solid #2 pitcher (who could slide into the #1 role in case of injury) for this team. Meyers is also a possibility I suppose.

I think all of this has almost forced Rizzo's hand. I think he will almost certainly draft a pitcher instead of Harper with the 1st pick. He almost has to.

Posted by: periculum | February 19, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Nice photo by MZ of CMW and Rizzo. Mark is taking center stage this spring ... hope it leads to something good ... unfortunately, it will likely be somewhere outside of DC I guess. Balmer perhaps?

Posted by: periculum | February 19, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

If MarkZ is looking for a paying gig, I hear that the Boston Globe is looking for someone to follow the Sawx and Pats ...

Posted by: erocks33 | February 19, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm not bagging on Lannan, he's a good pitcher, I just think he is a bit hyped around here (thank you Tracee Hamilton). Just getting outs and a "chance" to win doesn't seem like a consensus answer for a #2. I would think you would want your #2 to get the wins. And actually, does Lannan really give that good of a chance? He averages ~ 6 innings a start (Almost exactly 6 innings if you take out his two complete games). And remember this is an average and Lannan is not one to get blown out, which means he had a bunch of 5 inning and some 7 inning performances. Regardless, even if it was exactly 6 innings every night, bullpens usually don't have good 7th inning pitchers. If he consistently went deeper he would win more and hence give a better chance. Which is what I would expect from an "Ace" or #2.

Posted by: lpatashn | February 19, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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