Deadline Rumor: Royals interested in Burnett

Happy trade deadline day, Nation. Not much cooking on the Phillies front, on a day that began with a blockbuster announcement for a deal between Boston and Oakland.

Ken Rosenthal, of Fox Sports and MLB Network, tweeted this morning that Kansas City has been in touch with the Phils regarding righty hurler A.J. Burnett.


The 37-year-old Burnett sports a 6-10 record with a 4.15 ERA this season in 23 starts for the Phils.

Many thought the Phillies would be a big player today with several teams interested in the services of OF Marlon Byrd.

Byrd, who turns 37 next month, has been the Phillies’ top offensive producer, tallying 20 home runs with 60 RBI and a .270 average in 106 contests this season.

No deals to report yet. Stay tuned to for updates as they happen.



  1. Keith L

    July 31, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    The way it sounds, only the Yankees are really in on Byrd, and they aren’t offering anything decent.

  2. Bart Shart

    July 31, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Strictly a public relations move and salary dump. We will get very little in return.

    • Sofia

      November 29, 2014 at 1:00 am

      Come on, Fan Murd! The Angels have been on a mssiion this year, that mssiion is Nick Adenhart! They are playing with a lot of heart and you gotta believe that it’s for him! The Halos of the past would have dropped 2 in Boston, especially being down 2 runs in the 9th facing Papelbon, but this is a different squad my man! And besides, A-Fraud is gonna choke soon, we all know it, and we’re all pulling for it. Go Angels!!!

    • Alejandro

      November 30, 2014 at 2:51 am

      I’ve heard wildly cosntatring critiques from friends who have seen this movie. I used to wait until something like this came out on DVD, but that won’t work anymore with this technology. Now I’m anxious about spending big money on a new flat screen and sound system and then not liking any of the movies that come out if anymore come out at all and if not will my 3-D equipment wind up like my old quadraphonic sound system, 8-track player, and lava lamps? This goes beyond depressing! I foresee a LOT of Zoloft going down and I hope the Blue people (no offense intended to the Blue Man Group) will be happy!!

  3. Scotty Ingerton

    July 31, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    “The Cardinals are sending starting pitcher Joe Kelly and right fielder/first baseman Allen Craig to Boston for John Lackey, tweets Peter Gammons of MLB Network.”

  4. Double Trouble Del

    July 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Still a little under 3 hrs. but not expecting any moves. No moves would be better than trading for slop like the Pence and Victorino deals brought back.

    • Lefty

      July 31, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Agree completely.

  5. Schwalmy

    July 31, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Front office should just be ashamed of themselves unless there is some miraculous turn of events!!!!
    Watching Oakland moves makes me hope ownership is paying attention there is a top young assistant gm there waiting for a chance!!!!

  6. Psu joe

    July 31, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Any idea what the Yankees are sending back for Byrd?

  7. Ken Bland

    July 31, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Byrd to Yanks might be reported as done, looks like a fake rumor.

    • The unknown proofreader

      July 31, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      “looks like a fake rumor”

      and the difference between a fake rumor and one of sincerity is?

  8. Ken Bland

    July 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Sleeper in the Price sweepstakes (not a rumor, just my guess)…Giants.

    Tough day to start blockbuster deal, but I’m thinking the Red Sox get calls on Cespedes. Nice acquisition, fits well at Fenway, but you could load up on depth if time allows and still have good OF supply. Longshot anything executes, but confident Ben gets a couple calls..

    Cards will miss Allen Craig.

    No chance Burnett does KC. Less than zero. (opinion)

  9. Morris Buttermaker

    July 31, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Just trade Byrd, Burnett, Papelbon and Bastardo for whatever you can get. Amaro has no idea what he is doing anyway. When you are shooting in the dark, what’s the point of aiming?

    • Lefty

      July 31, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Because – as he proved just a few short years ago, Ed Wade does know what he’s shooting at.

  10. Ken Bland

    July 31, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    “Amaro has no idea what he is doing anyway” = sincere rumor

  11. Double Trouble Del

    July 31, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Ed will return to his throne prior to Winter Meètings and proceed to pick-pocket Astros organization = semi sincere rumor.

  12. Andrew from waldorf

    July 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm


    Or Montgomery or whoever is running (ruining) the ship (titanic),

    Watch them make no moves.

    And id like to see anyone gone for anything back.

    You suck

    you are in last with no hope of not being in last for at least 3 years

    why hold on to any of them?

    This team sucks

    If its no moves ill just laugh.

    The phils are a laughingstock.

    More so than even the Mets

  13. Andrew from waldorf

    July 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Front office sucks (opinion)

    Almost time to boycott if there are no moves made. ( speculation and opinion)

    • Lefty

      July 31, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      popular opinion- but they should have hired you years ago!

      • Andrew from waldorf

        July 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm

        Thank you Lefty.

        I can assure you of one thing.

        Jimmy Rollins would have been plying his trade in another city!

        All jokes aside.

        This team is pathetic!

        The assets are so poor here that no I was not caring what came back.
        For any of them..

        Except maybe Hamels.

        Paplebum. Rollins, Burnett, Byrd, etc etc etc

        I would just be happy for some roster movement even if got crap back.

    • Ken Bland

      July 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Among the many reasons fans are so short fused about Rube’s lack of executuin (probably a good amount of listening action is really simple.

      When you buy (several years in a row), there’s a deadline. But when you sell, is there anywhere near the rush? So people are used to the buysing mentality (still?)


      It’s really NOT as big a deal as the frustrations are letting out.

      Tons of reasons to boycott, but this isn’t onw of them.

      • George

        July 31, 2014 at 3:28 pm

        This is one of the most intelligent comments I’ve read today.

        If a bad team can’t get things done now, there’s no reason why they can’t take the entire off-season to do it. This year’s team certainly isn’t going too get any worse by waiting.

      • George

        July 31, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        The other advantage to waiting is that in the off season all the teams will be looking to improve, not just a few. This summer’s sellers can become buyers.

      • Ken Bland

        July 31, 2014 at 5:15 pm

        preciate it, George. Comment really spoke more to the dismay of the fans, who, we both know would have ripped any deal he did anyway. Some good deals along the way, some horrible ones, like a lot of GMs, and it’s wise to limit confidence in deals he makes until his tenure’s up, but I’m really just entertained by the no deals with all the heat on him, not really critical.


  14. Skylar0201

    July 31, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    In the end, nothing gets done because Amaro is too in love with these guys and is *way* over-valueing them.

    If anything is done, it is something so small that it won’t help us I’m the long run like something of receiving a c minor leaguer in return.

    Now everyone can see why Amaro makes us the laughing stock of baseball. It’s a good thing I am 2700 miles from Philadelphia so I know I am not helping bring in any revenue for Amaro.

    90+ loss season in 2014 coming and worse than that in 2015. Hooray for that :-/

    • Mike d

      August 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      The phillies are a joke now I don’t go to any games now or buy any of their crap. For the first time in my life I hope they lose. I have been a loyal fan for 55 years . If the front office does not care about putting a competitive team on the field then I will tune out. I love baseball I’ve played all my life now I coach.the phillies front office should be fired they let players get to old under contract now with no worth and to let their farm team with no prospects coming up in positions is inexcusable and should be fired.also if the owners allow this to happen sell the team you are ruining the game!!!!

  15. Geraldkr

    July 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    small company joins the market

  16. Morris Buttermaker

    July 31, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    At least Amaro is getting a chance to experience what it is like to try to give away Phillies tickets.

  17. Lefty

    July 31, 2014 at 3:25 pm

  18. charles

    July 31, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Less than 30 minutes to go and no deals done… what a shame. Someone should burn an effigy of RAJ in the streets of Philly tonight.

  19. Scotty Ingerton

    July 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    @MattGelb: “The deadline was not an indictment of Ruben Amaro’s inability to trade. Instead, another damning commentary on the flawed roster he constructed.”

    • Lefty

      July 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      I’m pretty sure it’s both things.

    • Lefty

      July 31, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      I didn’t want him giving away players for nothing, but in reading most of the deals made today, surely there was a prospect to be had- because relatively few were traded.

      • George

        July 31, 2014 at 5:08 pm

        I think the fact that relatively few prospects were traded is indicative of the direct oppopsite of “to be had.” I think it shows that teams these days are clinging to their prospects for dear life, and won’t make them available for anything less than a perfect major leaguer with a perfect contract and perfect team control.

  20. Dave

    July 31, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    180 million dollars worth of assets that nobody wants.

  21. Ken Bland

    July 31, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Joy to the World…not to mention Mars and Venus, too

    Jared Cosart is now an intradivision rival with the Fish.

    I can’t wait to see the results of those matchups.

    You never know, but for now, the word is oh,brother.

  22. Andrew from waldorf

    July 31, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I will just paste my Facebook status.

    They don’t rate typing about anymore.

    Just now ·


    Amaro and the Phillies cannot even complete a trade before the trade deadline to sell off or give away any of the bums on a last place roster. They are the most pathetic team in sports. Move over Islanders. There is a new worst of the worst. A total disgrace. He sits on a 180 million dollar roster. Amazing.

  23. aruiz4927 .

    July 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Wow no trades. U got to be kidding me. Hopefullythey can something before the waiver deadline. “Sigh” sad day to be a phillies fan

  24. Ken Bland

    July 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Rube, 3 weeks ago…..”there will be changes”.

    A man of his word.

    Tony Gwynn is outtahere.

    Reminder to self to send a memo to Hllmark advising change in 2015 calendar to re-caption July as semi-liquidity season, instead of liquidity season.

    The public commentary on the Phils not maing a move is gonna be HILARIOUS.

    What a complete comedy this franchise has resumed acquaintanceship with.

    Some people watch ’em to remember, some people watch ’em to forget.

    We’ll see where Cliff winds up.

    But on a serious closing note, it looks like the ones this deadline is really about, the contenders REALLY strengthened themselves today. It really should make for some terrific post season action, and maybe Cliff still windsd up part of it, and HOPEFULLY, a pretty big contributor.

    At least the good guys on the club, most, know they’re here, and hopefully play some good baseball the rest of the way. I mean, whatever for, who knows, but it’s natural to think that.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Kershaw get a ring, but good playoffs’d be good consolation.

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 31, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      I would hope Hamels would be a part of it too but I don’t know that he’d make it to the Dodgers without another team laying a claim. I don’t think Lee is healthy and I suspect he will not be moved. (Did you happen to note the story in which Sandberg remarked that Lee’s BP session looked great to which Lee responded when questioned about it later “Oh that?” seemingly incredulous.)

      Over the past two weeks, I am beginning to sense a greater atmosphere of chaos with this team. The Manager and GM don’t appear to be on the same page with the Manager having made several on field decisions which weakened the value of trade candidates. Papelbon, the player least qualified to be a confidante, tells Ryan Lawrence that Amaro has confided in him that there won’t be a rebuild and that Jonathon will be part of the team’s future. Jimmy notes in an SI interview that baseball is a young man’s game (I mean what does that say about this team???). Do the players know what the Manager’s trying to accomplish or does the Manager know what the GM is trying to accomplish? Is it just me reading too much into another disappointing trade deadline? Disappointing primarily because the team simply doesn’t have attractive pieces and the GM doesn’t know how to sell his product.

  25. Scotty Ingerton

    July 31, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    The good news is that we’ll get to see this core group back again in 2015. I think they still have one more run left in them!

  26. photoFred

    July 31, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Power Alley on MLB really kicking RAJ’s butt about no moves today.

  27. Phillies Fan from Germany

    July 31, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Really hard to understand no Deals being Made, considering where the Phils are on the Win curve.

    From the Perspective of someone coming from a Country where Soccer is Number One it is Even Harder to understand why no One has to take responsibility for this mess on a Club with a 180 mil payroll.

  28. Ken Bland

    July 31, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Jim Salisbury ‏@JSalisburyCSN · 8m
    Papelbon said Ruben assured him team will strive to put contender on field next year.

    I wish, I mean I WISH I was a fly on the wall of Papelbon’s (alleged) brain when Rube said that to him to see what Papelbon was thinking when he heard that, and how straight a face he kept.

    But what would REALLY and TRULY be funny would be if Rube dismantled all logic and by some quirk of new levels of all time fate unveiled themselves and he somehow DID present a contender in 2015. But for now, I can just see the look on Papelbon’s face when Rube told him that.

    The subject of worst GM in sports has come up of late, with no mention of Jerry Jones. Rube wouldn’t trade that for the world. Rube wouldn’t trade nothin’ for the world.

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 31, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Ken B. I couldn’t believe the words as I heard them reported. I responded to an earlier post of yours above. Maybe, just maybe there is some sort of deal that he has worked out with the Dodgers that couldn’t be consummated prior to the 4 PM deadline and come August 31 all will be right with world and I will get the Red Ryder carbine action BB gun for Christmas too.

  29. George

    July 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Two things come to my mind:

    1. There’s still the waiver trade deadline, before which moves can be made, and beyond that, there’s an entire winter to make moves.

    2. The biggest trader was Boston. They rid themselves of one ace, one better-than-average starter, one good relief pitcher, and others, and received in return some outfielders and some other who-knows-whats. Or in other words, they improved their outfield by decimating their pitching staff. I think before Amaro is hung for not making moves, people should wait to see just how this supposedly intelligent Boston management team does with these highly questionable moves. With their current decimated rotation, they’ll surely have to do some major off season manipulating to put a real starting staff on the field. I doubt seriously if Cespedes can drive in enough runs to win when the pitching staff consists of nothing but back-end arms. I’m glad, personally, that Amaro didn’t put on this kind of yard sale.

    • Lefty

      July 31, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      I don’t consider Boston big winners today at all. I think Billy Beane is the big winner in that deal. And remember that the big Boston, Dodgers blockbuster a couple seasons ago, occurred in August.

      I think the lack of prospects traded is more due to fewer teams looking for them this year, than availability George. Most teams seemed interested in vets to help them in positions of need rather than vets for prospects. Oakland, for instance got Lester- someone I highly doubt they will bid for in FA, but will help them “go for it” now, and traded away another player they won’t be able to pay soon, Cespedes.

      The big loser on the surface today is Tampa Bay, but again they are trading a guy they likely can’t pay. This was more about “can’t pay , or in Boston’s case “can’t sign ” trade day than anything else IMO.

  30. Tracey

    July 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    An interesting analysis of Ruben’s trading success (or lack thereof) over the course of his history with this team.

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