About an hour ago, I received a text message from a buddy of mine who also happens to be a Boston Red Sox fan. It read, "The Rays signing Pat Burrell to a two-year deal? Great for us."
I don't agree.
In fact, I think Burrell is the perfect piece for the Rays line-up, and I think that they got a steal in getting him for two years and $16 million. Obviously, the Phillies didn't want the left fielder back in town, as evidenced by the three years and $30 million they handed Raul Ibanez. They obviously view Ibanez as an upgrade, someone who can bring the consistency that Burrell sometimes lacked.
But while the Phillies wanted someone more reliable hitting behind Ryan Howard, the Rays were in search for a powerful right-handed bat for the middle of the line-up. And they found it in Burrell.