Brian Cashman just gave an impassioned defense of A.J. Burnett, saying the public outcry over the quality of his pitching doesn’t match the reality of how he has pitched and that it’s being fueled because of Burnett’s $82.5 million contract.
“We’ve got six guys who are capable of pitching in a rotation in a pennant race,” Cashman said. “That’s a good thing. Someone is going to have to go and we’re going to make that decision. But this stuff about A.J. Burnett is worthy of being ripped from the rotation is a bunch of crap.”
Cashman said Burnett, who is winless in his last seven starts, can still help as a starter.
“I think he’s being treated differently publicly because he has money attached,” Cashman said. “So forgive him for saying yes to the contract. If you want to blame somebody for his contract, blame me.
“But the man can still pitch. The man is a starter. He can still help us significantly.”
The GM will be in on the rotation decision with Girardi. Does this sound good for Hughes’ chance to stay in the rotation considering how well Ivan Nova has been pitching? We’ll see the outcome of all this soon enough.