Doc Gooden wants to trade Jason Bay for A.J. Burnett

Last week, Matthew Cerrone answered a question here about whether the Mets should trade Jason Bay to the Red Sox for John Lackey.

Here’s a new suggestion from Doc Gooden on Twitter:

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Burnett was 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA this past season with the Yankees. He has two years and $33 million left on his contract.

Bay has two years and $32 million left on his deal, plus a $17 million option for 2014.

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When Yankees fans rip Burnett, they sound just like Mets fans complaining about Oliver Perez. They use almost the exact same language. However, in looking more closely at A.J.’s stats, it seems he executed better this season than in the past. The problem: He let up a TON of home runs, especially to right-handed hitters, probably because he has lost some needed velocity on his fastball. This, plus a slight increase in walks, seemed to kill his season. But, it makes me wonder if he’d be more effective in a more neutral park (or, soon to be more neutral park), such as Citi Field? If you buy xFIP, Burnett is actually in good position to have a nice bounce-back season in 2012.

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In a post to Rising Apple, Ben Berkon explains why Sandy Alderson is not likely to consider swapping Bay with Angels OF Vernon Wells.