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Phillies in Three-Team Race for Burnett?

http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/SRzHvmOasQM5IwreyAIgFg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYwMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/person/Ysports/aj-burnett-baseball-headshot-photo.jpgAccording to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates are among three teams vying for right hander A.J. Burnett. Burnett, 37, announced that he will pitch in 2014 and makes his offseason home in Maryland. Burnett, who led the NL in ground ball % and K/9 IP in 2013, has had a career renaissance since joining the Pirates. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Burnett is 26-21 with a 3.41 ERA, 1.228 WHIP with 389 K in 393.1 IP.

Analysis: Burnett has been reborn since joining the Pirates. Since 2008, Burnett, who previously had a label as somewhat of a large injury risk, has become one of the more reliable starters in all of baseball, averaging 32 starts and 200 IP per season from 2008-2013. Burnett is the de-facto number one starting pitcher available and he would instantly upgrade the starting rotations of the teams interested.

If the price is right, this could be a wonderful pick up for the Phillies. But the Phillies have a few things working against them: Baltimore would seemingly be most appealing because it is closest to Burnett’s offseason home and the Pirates are likely the closest of the three teams to a championship.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Josh

    February 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    No way rube is dishing out the dough. Also I’m pretty sure he wants to sell hard that MAG is a legit number 3. Hope that’s true

    • wbramh

      February 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      If Ruben is trying to sell anyone on MAG, he’s being very subtle. During a recent TV interview that covered the subject of Gonzalez’s potential on this team he was very cautiously optimistic while clearly expressing the fact that Gonzalez is a gamble.

    • wbramh

      February 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      I find myself in the unusual position of defending Ruben for the second day in a row but it needs to be added that signing Gonzalez did take guts – and risking losing him when the contract needed to be renegotiated for the additional safety of the team also took guts.

  2. George

    February 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    If the price goes way, way up–beyond what Burnett is worth–then naturally Amaro won’t dish out the cash. I wouldn’t either. I think if the price is right, though, he’ll spend, or he wouldn’t be looking in the first place.

    And if he’s trying to “sell hard” that MAG is a legit nuber 3, he sure hasn’t been doing it very well when claiming that the aforesaid will be competing with Pettibone and others for the number 5 rotation spot.

  3. Chuck A.

    February 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Dazzle him with a decent offer that he would have a hard time refusing. Ruben has been trying to convince us all offseason that they can contend. Well…..the ONLY way they have any sort of legitimate shot at that is to add another reliable #3ish type of starter.

  4. Abel Ruiz

    February 3, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    If they do pick him up this rotation has the potential to shut teams down but all the team needs is a reliable pen and an offense that can score more then three runs a game. Not holding my breath on that

  5. Manny

    February 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I’d like to see us sign Burnett. Another FA starter that nobody is paying attention to is Tommy Hanson. Why not go after him? He has the stuff to be a solid top 3 rotation guy, and we could easily get him for a few years and cheap.

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