hAs the season is beginning to wind down we can start looking ahead not just to the 2009 fantasy season, but what should be an exciting off-season as well. With a decent crop of free agents on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to start predicting who is going to go where and why. We will still continue our typical fantasy coverage, but I’ll throw one of these in every now and then, just as a change of pace.
The first player I am going to look at is A.J. Burnett, who I know is not technically a free agent at year’s end. Still, with that opt-out clause looming and plenty of teams just itching to spend on pitching, I’d be shocked if he didn’t exercise the clause.
Does it mean he is definitely going to leave? Absolutely not, but chances are the Blue Jays are not going to ante up the type of money that other teams will, and that is fair. I can’t say that he has lived up to his potential this season. While he has managed to stay healthy, throwing 193.1 innings to date, he has posted a 4.47 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. Those are manageable numbers, but certainly not the type of production the Blue Jays, or fantasy owners, had hoped for.