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A.J. Burnett bidding reportedly “a Baltimore-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh runoff”

Feb 2, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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In today’s column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo writes that it’s “a Baltimore-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh runoff” for the services of free agent starter A.J. Burnett.

Burnett recently announced his intent to come back for one more season, and initially drew the interest of more than a handful of teams. However, he said he prefers to stay close to his home in Maryland, knocking out a good portion of potential suitors. Now, it’s apparently up to the Orioles, Phillies, and Pirates.

Burnett, of course, has a good deal of familiarity with the Pirates, as it was with them that he resuscitated his career after an unflattering three-year stint with the Yankees. The Pirates have famously adopted defensive shifts, which was one reason why Burnett’s numbers improved. Also, as Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune notes, Burnett ditched his four-seamer in favor of the two-seamer after coming to Pittsburgh.

It’s tough to say if Burnett would experience any drop-off with a change of scenery. It doesn’t hurt that the Pirates might also give him his best chance of finishing his playing career with a championship.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    So obviously, he is going to sign with Washington.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      obviously he isn’t signing with the penny pinching bluegays! hahahhaah I knew it

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:37 AM

        I see that Unclean Harold’s equipment is still on the DL.

  2. gdobs227 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    ” It doesn’t hurt that the Pirates might also give him his best chance of finishing his playing career with a championship.”

    Man, after the last 20 years, it is so beautiful to read things like that.

    Still think they screwed the pooch by not making the QO though.

    • apkyletexas - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      The Qualifying offer was around $14 million. Pirates can’t afford to pay nearly $2 million per win for a pitcher. He either would have to get an extra 5+ wins (highly unlikely), or take a lot less money.

      • tuberippin - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Correction: Pirates can afford that. However, ownership chose not to, going the frugal route.

      • apkyletexas - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:10 AM

        Not with the incredible young talent chomping at the bit to get onto the major league roster. This team’s future is going to be with guys named Polanco, Taillon, Glasnow, Meadows, Hanson and Kingham complimenting McCutchen, Marte, Cole and Alvarez. This team needs to plow money into their young talent.

  3. jimmywho14 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Well, at his advanced age I’d like to say welcome to Philadelphia. Ruben won’t let an oldie get away

    • mmeyer3387 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      He could be a very good fit for a lot of teams, for short term and fair market price. However, there is clearly some risk here. He is a gamble for over two years and more than 15 to 16 million. Yet, that is being generous with those terms.

      • beachnbaseball - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Read the start of the article. It says, “Burnett recently announced his intent to come back for one more season”. ONE more season; he’s not shopping for two. And if he wants to win, the Pirates, where he is well liked and comfortable, and pitched well, give him the best chance. He’d never get through an Angelos physical anyway.

  4. doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Watch Toronto get him to spite Harry

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      Yea right, that would cost some money and that’s the one thing the jays will not part with so dream on!

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        …Do you know what these things called “jokes” are?

  5. tfbuckfutter - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    “It’s tough to say if Burnett would experience any drop-off with a change of scenery.”

    It’s not tough to say that. Especially if he signs with Baltimore. I’d be surprised if he even performs as expected if he sticks with Pittsburgh.

    And before we go suggesting the Pirates are here to stay as contenders….well, Baltimore kind of looked that way for a short spell too.

  6. uyf1950 - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    if Burnett’s smart he’ll re-sign with the Pirates. He had success there the past 2 seasons and they finally have a good team that he can be a part of and who knows they may even have a chance at the World Series.

    • psuorioles - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      As an O’s fan that would like to see him sign with Baltimore agrees with you… If I were him, I’d sign in Pitt even though Camden Yards is walking distance from his house…. He’ll stay with the team he’s had success with the past two years and on the verge of being a great team.

  7. grnthghs - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Go ahead Baer just say it that you think the Phils have not chance at the playoffs. No one else is subtle why should you be by saying “…might also give him his best chance of finishing his playing career with a championship.” Watch the Phils do better than the Pirates. Of course, this is prejudiced viewpoint living in Philadelphia with the Phils my team. Still albeit most are not giving them a chance, but a few remain with the sleeper effect. Remember this is baseball and what did the Bosox do but last to first being an apparent abberation the year before. But Farrell apparently is the new Lombardi…but we’ll see – it will be interesting if they can keep winning. To me, coaching is everything and the best ones actually instill winning as of these are best players and why not play like the best…real simple. But I think Lady Luck hangs with the American pastime as she is a woman afterall and few women like the rough stuff football wherein baseball has more skill, finesse and elegance to it.

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Emo Phillies fan is not something we need more of.

    • ryanrockzzz - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      This was really hard to read and understand exactly what point you were trying to make. But if it’s that the Phillies could make the playoffs, you may be the only one taking that bet. The same players haven’t been able to do it the last two years- why would they suddenly turn it around now with even less talent?

  8. cackalackyank - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    As long as this bidding does not take a sudden detour through the Bronx I’m fine with that.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    count the jays out on this one too

  10. steelerfan9598 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    “It doesn’t hurt that the Pirates might also give him his best chance of finishing his playing career with a championship.”
    I had to read that a couple times. After 20 years of losing, I was confused.

    • thebirdsareback - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      well stay confused retard cause it is not happening

  11. musketmaniac - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    of all the potential teams. the pirates need him the least. maybe not the best, but very deep. After Liriano, and Cole. Morton finished the season extremely strong. Locke was one of the best pitchers in the majors first half. The forgotten Wandy Rodriguez who had his season cut short by the W.B.C last year. Volquez, McPherson, and Jenmar Gomez. with two big prospects Tailon and Pimintel very close.

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