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The Royals are talking to Philly about A.J. Burnett for some reason

Jul 31, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

A.J. Burnett AP AP

Pop quiz, hot shot: you are on the fringes of the playoffs and there is a lot of pressure on you to break through this year. Your pitching is pretty darn respectable — you’re fourth in the American League in runs allowed a game, in fact — but your offense has been a problem all year. You’ve not been active at the deadline so far, but you need to make a move. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?

Well, not that.

Look, even if you think pitching was your biggest need — and for the Royals it isn’t — why is Burnett who you’re after? Why not Bartolo Colon, maybe? Burnett has been erratic as all get-out. He, unlike maybe a bat, is not going to be the difference between the playoffs and a quiet petering out into third place.

Heck, he could be the cause of it.

  1. ame123 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Feel like the Phils give them Burnett and Byrd, eat a bunch of money and get one decent prospect in the deal.

    • chadjones27 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      The question, though, is, do the Royals have any decent prospects?
      If they dont; why trade those two, eat some money, and get AA help?
      And to me, if they do get a “decent” prospect, it may still not be enough to warrant eating salary for the sake of doing a trade. Me thinks that would just be Amaro making a trade to say, “hey, I did something… can I keep my job?”

      • ame123 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        What good is Burnett to the Phils? He’s a sunk cost. Byrd is under contract next year, but this team isnt going to compete.

  2. rpiddy - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Phillies hater

  3. sportsdrenched - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM
    • sportsdrenched - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Just like Dayton Moore thinking he knows how to run a baseball team. Maybe I only think I know how to work the internet.

  4. cheeks9441 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I don’t understand how it is appropriate to criticize the Royals based on this one tweet. For all we know, it could have been a 45-second due-diligence phone call that went like this:

    Phillies: “Do you guys have any interest in A.J. Burnett?”

    Royals: “I think we are all set with our starting pitching.”

    Phillies: “What about a package of Burnett and Marlon Byrd, or one of our other hitters?”

    Royals: “Maybe, but we would need you to pick up at least 4 to 5 million in salary.”

    Phillies: “We can do that, but we need a top 10 prospect in return.”

    Royals: “No thanks.”

    There. They talked about A.J. Burnett and someone told Ken Rosenthal, who tweeted it. Point is, why are we rushing to conclusions based on one vague tweet? What’s the harm in two teams having a quick chat?

    /End rant.

    • chadjones27 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      The “no indication that a deal is close” makes it seem like Ken knows (or is told) that the discussion is ongoing.

  5. kcroyal - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    God I hate the Royals.

  6. flyinhighwithvick - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Gee, maybe because Burnett is a veteran guy who has pitched in the post season, and would be a nice addition to a clubhouse full of mostly young players who don’t have that playoff experience.

    • dangle13x - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      It’s funny how the headline always indicates a Craci Calc article. Smug and asinine, CC’s bread and butter.

    • jkcalhoun - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      They’ve got age and experience well covered on the starting staff already. Duffy and Ventura are young, but the other 4 who have been used as starters certainly aren’t.

      And Shields is the designated “guy who has been there” on that staff.

      So no thanks.

      • flyinhighwithvick - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        How many players on the Royals current roster have played in October? Nuff said.

      • jkcalhoun - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        I understand that most people assume that playoff experience among the veterans on the roster is a plus for teams trying to make the playoffs.

        Burnett has been a below average pitcher this year, at age 37. While he has playoff experience, he has little playoff success, with a 6.37 ERA over 8 postseason starts.

        So where’s the magic in these particular beans?

    • gunpowderjones - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      “Guys, AJ Burnett and his career 6.50 postseason ERA could be what it takes to show these young kids how to play October baseball”

      • jkcalhoun - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM


  7. geoknows - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Why not Colon? Because the Mets have said they aren’t trading him:

  8. pisano - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    A.J Burnett in the AL ? fasten your seat belts, bombs away.

  9. vols84 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Only the royals would do this. Need a bar and try to acquire pitching.

  10. Tyree Studio - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    They do desperately need a bat or 2. But they also need another pitcher. Guthrie has been pretty bad for the past 4-5 weeks.

  11. philsfan2013 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Love seeing the Troll that is Craig talking about the Phils…wouldn’t expect anything less…tool.

  12. phillyphan83 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Speed HAS been on tv a lot lately…

  13. mungman69 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Just make this trade, it could be the big one. It could be the only one.

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