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Report: Orioles have had “very preliminary” talks with Phillies about A.J. Burnett

Jul 19, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT

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Jon Paul Morosi of reports that the Orioles have had “very preliminary” talks with the Phillies regarding a deal for right-hander A.J. Burnett. No deal appears to be imminent, but Morosi notes there has been some “initial dialogue” about a possible trade.

The Orioles make some sense as a potential destination, as they could use another arm for their starting rotation. They were also among the teams interested in Burnett before he signed with the Phillies in February.

Burnett gave up six runs over five innings against the Braves last night and owns a 4.08 ERA and 113/58 K/BB ratio 136 2/3 innings across 21 starts this season. He’s making $15 million this season (including a $7.5 million signing bonus) while his contract includes a mutual/player option for 2015 which guarantees him at least $7.5 million. He has a limited no-trade clause which allows him to block deals to nine teams, but considering that he owns a home in Maryland, he would likely welcome a trade to Baltimore.

  1. jam11163 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Raj will screw this up

  2. bigharold - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Don’t see him going to the O’s. A fly ball pitcher in that park could work against him.

    I wasn’t as down on Burnett as most Yankee fans but it was clear he needed a change of scenery. I’d wager that Burnett has had his fill of the AL East.

    It’s possible that he might see this as his last good shot at the playoffs but I think he might want to stay in the NL

    • dakotaandotter - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      he is a ground ball/strikeout pitcher.

      • bigharold - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Note when he pitched for the Yankees, .. which is why he didn’t stick around.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:17 PM


        With Yanks

        2011 A.J. was 11th best in A.L. at getting grounders at 1.04
        CC Sabathia was 15th in 2011 at 0.97

        2010 A.J. was 22nd in A.L. at 0.85
        In that 2010 season, Justin Verlander was 29th at 0.73

        2009 19th in A.L. with Yanks at 0.78
        In that 2009 season, A.J. was tied with Andy Pettite at 0.78 and CC Sabathia was 20th at .080

        A.J. did NOT do as well has he had getting ground balls with the Yanks but even not doing as well as he had, he was right there, actually as good and better some of those 3 seasons with the Yanks than Andy Pettite, CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander at getting ground balls.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      Yeah I kinda agree,but if you ARE coming back to the AL East,this is the year to do it.

  3. Stiller43 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    I was really down after losing burnett in the offseason…but now i see he only would have been a 3-5 guy anyway. For that money? Keep him.

  4. bronco58lb - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Joey Buttafucco looking Phillies fan: “Dylan Bundy or no deal”.

    • illadelphiasphinest - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      I’d take Christian Walker.
      But with all these top prospects getting trades, could you blame RAJ asking for Bundy in return? I mean look what Huston Street netted.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        I mean look what Huston Street netted.

        Klaw’s preseason 2014 Top 100 Prospect rankings:

        Taylor Lindsey N/R
        R.J. Alvarez N/R
        Jose Rondon N/R
        Elliot Morris N/R

        Per his comments on 1/31/14:
        Farm system overview

        It’s a bad system, one of only two that didn’t place a single player on the top 100, although there are a few glimmers of hope in some of the big three teenage prospects: Ricardo Sanchez, Jose Rondon, and Hunter Green.

        Those were the Angels high rated prospects, but that doesn’t mean they were MiLB’s high rated prospects. Bundy is a highly rated MiLB prospect. The O’s would be insane to give him up.

  5. flyinhighwithvick - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    They should trade Burnett to Baltimore for the Baltimore Chop. For it shall then be known as the Philadelphia Chop.

  6. pisano - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Burnett in the AL East = Bombs away !!!

    • paperlions - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      This is 2014, not 2010. If he goes to Baltimore, the only above average offense he’d face in that division is Toronto, and about 1/2 their team is injured.

  7. lenbias34pt - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Don’t even understand how there is a rumor……Burnett is at best a # 3 more realistically your # 4 starter.
    The Orioles already have 6 (six) starters who are all between # 2 – 5 starters. Why in the world would you give something up for a guy who more than likely is not an upgrade?

    If Davis continues to struggle we’ll see more of Pierce at 1 and more Delmon Young AB’s. Otherwise the O’s will ride this talented young team to finish.
    Ulbano, JJ Hardy and Davis had lousy first halves….so while Pierce may come back to earth the O’s have more upside than the Jays and they are the only team with a shot at Baltimore.

  8. proudlycanadian - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    It was my impression that Burnett deliberately spurned the Orioles in the off season. I would not be surprised if Baltimore is on his no trade list.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      That wasn’t my impression at all. Baltimore actively went after him, only Philly offered him more money.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Could be; however, he sure seemed to play hard to get until the Philadelphia offer came through.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        My main question is “who would be removed from the rotation if they do trade for Burnett”?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        He was driving a hard bargain. I don’t blame him, he got paid.

        Don’t really want him at this point, don’t really see him as an upgrade to any current starter. Jimenez maybe, but with this deal we’ll likely be stuck with both of them.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        He maybe also figured that the Sox just bagged a WS and the Rays are the Rays,Toronto is due and Baltimore is close. Why would he come to the AL East?

        I had no idea the division would suck so bad,I doubt he figured it would be as bad as well.

  9. randygnyc - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Please sign him, Peter!!!!

  10. scoobies05 - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    not really big on this. if Philly wants a single a prospect for aj then ok. but other than that, we already have 3 guys like him. and are pitching better then him

  11. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    The only thing I would give Philly for Burnett is Jimenez.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      Once again, I find myself agreeing with Johnny Eutaw. You and I should grab a drink at Rye down in Fells some day! :)

  12. Cortez>Sapp - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I know he’s probably a couple years away, but I like Glynn Davis, CF. Our OF is a mess and we have no help on the way. This kid looks like he can handle the position defensively, has some speed and isn’t really asking a lot from Baltimore in return for Burnett. Helps both teams

  13. jake6881 - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    AJ brings two rings with him. He has always been a big game pitcher. You need a big game pitcher when you get to the post season. So why many in BAL are happy with the pitchers now, it’s a different game come September and playoff time. Who do you want in a sticky situation come playoff time, guys that have never proven capable yet, or a guy who has pitched in every type of big game and has suceeded! If BAL is smart, they will take the shot on AJ, and give Philly minimal in return to get him.

  14. sophiethegreatdane - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    AJ is a big game pitcher? I guess I’ll have to look up the numbers there because as I remember things, he tends to come up small in big games.

  15. dustyswar - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Maybe this a round about way of asking for Lee or Hamels, the old bait and switch. “oh well if Burnett would cost us this much, we throw in a piece here and that’s Cliff Lee right?” setting their own market.

  16. lenbias34pt - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    It’s been said 5 different ways in this thread alone; Does anyone know who AJ would replace as a starter in BMore?

    Again, I know the O’s starters are perhaps the biggest issue the O’s have, but there is know clear guy you need to replace.
    Every fan who can read a baseball card knows you have to stick with Jimenez…..and even if you want to move Gonzo to the pen, the O’s still have 5 starters.

    I love the excitement of a trade in a pennant race, but I just don’t see a move that the O’s could/should make unless you are packaging a # of starters for 1 ace.

  17. jake6881 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Burnett was a stud when they won it with the Marlins and he pitched great with the yanks in 09. They want the experience on the staff, period! It’s not hard to figure out. Why would you pass on a proven champion when you can get him for nothing. It is like the Phillies having Moyer in 08, he was not there best pitcher but boy did he get big outs when it mattered. You bring a Burnett on board to help the guys who haven’t been there yet.

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