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The Angels had interest in acquiring A.J. Burnett from the Phillies

Aug 30, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms Peter Gammons’ report that the Angels were interested in acquiring starter A.J. Burnett from the Phillies. The Angels wanted Burnett to waive his player option for 2015, currently worth $10 million and can reach $12.75 million with four more starts, ostensibly so that they can avoid the luxury tax.

Burnett is currently tied for the National League lead in losses with 14. He has a mediocre 4.30 ERA, leads the league in walks with 77, and has struck out only 157 batters in 178 innings.

However, the AL West-leading Angels lost Garrett Richards for the season after he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee a week and a half ago in Boston against the Red Sox. Pitching upgrades are hard to come by at this point in the season. Per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Angels GM Jerry DiPoto doesn’t expect to make a move before the deadline.

  1. serbingood - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    I thought that since his wife doesn’t do airplanes, any team on the west coast was an automatic no way. Are the times a changing if he gave this serious thought?

  2. sawxalicious - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Not saying Burnett has had a great year, but “only” 157 Ks in 178 innings? That’s good for 18th among NL starting pitchers. There are many other stats of his to look at to express disappointment in the year he’s had…

    • Bryz - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Agreed, that’s a 7.94 K/9. I’d easily take that in the Twins rotation.

  3. SocraticGadfly - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Still say they should pursue Colon. If Arte’s worried about the lux tax, that will block him from an overpay on Lester or Schertzer, and DiPoto can save Arte from himself.

  4. rbts2014 - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    I think for the most part Burnett is an idiot if the deal didn’t happen because of him.

    He could go from a team playing out the string to a team that has excellent odds of making the postseason, put the wife on a covered wagon if she doesn’t do planes, and can ink a free agent deal with a east coast team next season if the wife can’t enjoy the great west coast more than for a few months.

    I suppose the biggest risk for deciding to nix the deal is that teams won’t find him to be worth $13m per year starting in 2015 as a free agent.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Even before he signed with the Phillies he made it clear if he did play this season it would be an east coast team because he wanted to be relatively close to his family in Maryland. And I guess having already won a couple WS rings and making $135 Million so far, if he doesn’t wanna play for LA he is not gonna play for LA. And leaving a guaranteed $13 M on the table too.

  5. 18thstreet - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Why would he waive his player option? Why on earth would he do that?

    • missthemexpos - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Exactly, no trade options are one thing, but a 10 million(or quite possibly 12.75 million) player option is like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, especially near the finish line of a career.

  6. courtjester1234 - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    don’t leave! we still haven’t cornered the market on washed up MLB players. Rubin why didn’t you try to acquire other over 35 yo’s before the deadline? we love you here in Philly and need you to step up with more questionable moves.

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