Orioles Unlikely To Sign Burnett; Phillies Still In Running

MONDAY, 10:17pm: Burnett is in discussions with multiple teams, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

9:41pm: The Phillies are "very much still in the running" to land Burnett, reports MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Though there is no indication that the sides are nearing a deal, says Zolecki, the likelihood has increased since Friday.

FRIDAY: The market for A.J. Burnett could be taking further shape, as Friday reports have indicated that a pair of previously listed suitors aren't likely landing spots. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com writes that the Phillies aren't likely to add Burnett at this point in the offseason, and Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets that things "don't look good" for the Orioles either.

Salisbury spoke with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and was told the following:

"I don’t suspect we’ll be doing anything. I think we’ve got what we’ve got. I suspect we’ll go into the season with what we’ve got – or at least spring training with what we’ve got. We’re always looking, always trolling. I know there are guys out there, but I don’t suspect us having anything major coming through."

In his tweet, Kubatko does note that while the Burnett-to-Baltimore scenario isn't completely dead, the sense is that his prerference is to pitch in the National League rather than return to the American League. Kubatko adds that the Orioles are still in the mix on Bronson Arroyo, Ubaldo Jimenez and Suk-Min Yoon, however.

Recent reports stated that the D-Backs would have interest in Burnett, but they don't feel he'd want to pitch for a West Coast club. It sounds then, like Burnett's preference is to pitch for a Senior Circuit club on or near the East coast (he is a Maryland resident), which would bode well for the Pirates, especially if the Phillies are truly out of the mix. The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore speculated earlier in the week that the Nationals could make a surprise push for Burnett, and I'd agree that the pairing would make sense, though there's been nothing concrete to connect the two sides to this point.

55 Responses to Orioles Unlikely To Sign Burnett; Phillies Still In Running Leave a Reply

  1. UltimateYankeeFan 1 year ago

    I’m thinking the Orioles are the favorites to land Arroyo. He will be less expensive than Jimenez and won’t cost a draft pick.

  2. danistheguy 1 year ago

    What is so hard about AJ just agreeing to sign with Pittsburgh? Make a decision, dude. Your options are Pittsburgh. That’s it.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

      AJ likes the attention, you need to feed his ego first.

    • Jordan Jackson 1 year ago

      True. His 3 and final year with the bucs if he signs here.

    • Smrtbusnisman04 1 year ago

      The problem for AJ is that he wants Tanaka money. However, he’s 37 hears old, has only 2 good pitches, played behind an excellent defense and in a pitcher’s park the last two seasons, and is not most certainly NOT a good pitcher in the playoffs.

      • Dylan 1 year ago

        I don’t remember AJ asking for 175MM…

        • Smrtbusnisman04 1 year ago

          No but he wanted them to accept his $14 million dollar option back in November. At this point, he’s lucky if he gets $8.5 million.

          • Dylan 1 year ago

            You just faulted a guy for wanting money…how is that fair? I’m all fairness, we’d want the same thing. Also, I think he’ll easily get 10-12 million right now.

          • Smrtbusnisman04 1 year ago

            I’m not faulting him; I respect him for trying to get market price. I’m just saying he’s dealing with a limited market marketespecially because he can only stay on the east coast.. Pittsburgh only paid about $4-5 million of his contract last year. At this point, he will either sign with Baltimore, Washington or Pittsburgh. Oh, and he is not a #1 starter anymore.

          • Dylan 1 year ago

            He was never a number 1, but a very solid. 2/3 for awhile.

      • DMiles5149 1 year ago

        Had 3 pretty good to great starts for the Yanks in the 09 postseason. Basically single handedly kept them in the WS with his Game 2 start. Had another good start against the Tigers in the 2011 ALDS as well which he would’ve went even deeper into if Girardi had any trust in the guy. Yeah, he has the occasional blowup which is NEVER good but to say he is most certainly not a good pitcher in the playoffs is flat out wrong.

        Edit: His 2 bad starts in the 09 Postseason which inflated his ERA both happened when the Yanks were up 3-1 in the Series on the road about to come home so they weren’t that big a deal.

        • Smrtbusnisman04 1 year ago

          He was a disaster against the Cardinals last October. He kept trying to thro the same pitch over and over and the Cardinals were not fooled. And he had similar starts like that game about 7 or 8 times last year. That is not a guy I want to commit over $10 million dollars to.

          • DMiles5149 1 year ago

            One start does not define a man’s career. Never has, never will. What about the good starts? The dominating starts? I’m not saying he is Curt Schilling in the postseason, but he’s not nearly as bad as people think he is.

  3. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    Sounds like its Washington or Pittsburg.

  4. I wonder how much money Burnett is asking for. The Pirates already signed Volquez and were only paying for half his salary last year anyway. You’d think he’s asking for at least 10 million or Pitt/Philly would’ve jumped on him already.

  5. David 1 year ago

    If Burnett signed with the Nationals…wow, that rotation.

  6. Danny Phillips 1 year ago

    Surprise 5th starter for the Nats? Only an hour away from Baltimore.

    • Tyler Sekula 1 year ago

      They would be absolutely dirty with Burnett…Strasburg, Gio, Burnett, Fister, Zimmerman would be absolutely dirty….

      • philly_435 1 year ago

        It already is a fantastic rotation. Throw Burnett in there and it’s the best in baseball if you ask me.

  7. John Kreese 1 year ago

    BAL seemed like the perfect fit. I guess not.

    By the way, when did the state of Arizona get moved to the west coast?

    • Steve Adams 1 year ago

      Just using the exact words from the Arizona Republic report. Though they’re not technically on the coast, the point remains the same: He seems to want to pitch on or near the East coast to be closer to his family.

    • Bromacho 1 year ago

      Well, Pittsburgh is considered to be east coast, but if you were to look at a map of the US Phoenix and Pittsburgh are roughly the same distance from their respective coasts.

    • Quizicat 1 year ago

      300 miles to the Pacific seems pretty close to me

  8. Cabro Epico 1 year ago

    Orioles not signing someone? Nonsense!

    • $2509879 1 year ago

      I’m surprised there wasn’t a report they did sign him, followed by a bad physical.

  9. Joe Orsatti 1 year ago

    i really wanted philly to get him

  10. Orsulakfan 1 year ago

    I liked Burnett as a fit for the O’s, but my memories of his surly, shaky seasons with the Yanks gave me doubts about him. If he doesn’t want to come to Baltimore (scared of the AL, A.J.?) then good riddance.

  11. Catztradamus 1 year ago

    ill believe the Phillies are out on AJ Burnett when he signs somewhere else.

  12. Tyler Sekula 1 year ago

    O’s need to get on the phone with Ubaldo… Seems like D’Back are pushing hard at Arroyo and Santana is going to cost way too much if they want to resign Davis next year. That being said.. they NEED to sign someone. Burnett seemed like the perfect fit..but if that doesn’t work out..perhaps Ubaldo is another route to go.

    I would love to see them sign Santana so they would’t be able to sign Davis…and then Davis signs with the Red Sox and they let Papi walk at the end of the year (especially if he falls off this year).

  13. sflomenb 1 year ago

    Damn it

  14. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    What happened to I will pitch for Pittsburg or no one 2014?

    • Bromacho 1 year ago

      Remember Torii saying he would take a discount to stay with the Angels

    • jalcorn427 1 year ago

      Apparently nothing. AJ has yet to make a single statement that he is willing to pitch elsewhere.

  15. section 34 1 year ago

    If he wants more than $1 million a year or cuts himself shaving before his physical, he’s not fit to be a Baltimore Oriole.

  16. ice_hawk10 1 year ago

    Blue Jays still in the picture I guess. Something to be said for familiarity and comfort, AL East ballparks notwithstanding.

  17. GameMusic3 1 year ago

    Dodgers ignore Arroyo, show him the money and have the best rotation, undisputed.

    If there is a house situation just buy him a house and provide a luxury cross country limo for his wife who despises flying.

    • bob 1 year ago

      The Dodgers do not have the best rotation and the state tax in California is bad. No need to be biased though

  18. Lawrence Levine 1 year ago

    The Phillies do not have a chance to compete without another starter Why can’t Amaro understand this

    • nepp 1 year ago

      Because he likely believes that they don’t have a chance to compete even with another starter.

      • Joe Orsatti 1 year ago

        Nope, unfortunately it’s the other way around
        He still thinks that we can compete even without another starter

  19. Whacker21 1 year ago

    Not sure why the Mets aren’t interested.

    • DerekJeterDan 1 year ago

      Because they have financial restrictions of payroll for 2014, spent 20 Million Dollars on Bartolo Colon and have so much pitching depth if they need a starter — Mejia, Montero, Syndergaard, Matsuzaka, Lannan to name a few.

      • Whacker21 1 year ago

        They have financial restrictions yet they may be willing to offer Drew a contract which will likely be in the $10 million range and they have been open to signing another veteran reliever.

        As far as the rotation spot, Mejia may be better off in the bullpen. Lannon and Matsuzaka may not be worth the risk of putting them in the rotation. Lannon can compete for the lefty specialist position and Matsuzaka can be demoted or cut. Montero could use some more seasoning as well as Syndergaard. Burnett becomes our #5 and with his age, Colon’s, Niese’s injury history, Gee’s non-guaranteed effectiveness, and Wheeler being vulnerable to a step back, there’s plenty of use for experienced depth.

        Don’t get me wrong. I’m very optimistic about the Mets’ rotation this year, but adding Burnett would make us a lot stronger.

  20. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    Ruben is trolling again

  21. MLB416 1 year ago

    I could think of a minimum of 10 teams who either could or should look into signing Burnett

  22. Phillyfan425 1 year ago

    I don’t get why some people get mad when GMs say “we’re set with what we have right now”. Most, if not all, should say that. At the end of the day, what they say to the fans/media means nothing. And it shouldn’t for any GM. What good does it do for a GM to say “we’re really looking to add this guy” and then not add him?

  23. Could it be that these pitchers aren’t up to the challenge of pitching in the AL east? I almost wish the O’s would just make a public offer that ends up being more than what Burnett settles for to stay in the NL. PR is not the O’s strong suit.

  24. Liermann 4432 1 year ago

    Probably wont go to Baltimore because they’ll complain about his physical.

  25. Jeff Miller 1 year ago

    Very possible they’d still finish under .500, but it would at least give the Phils another SP that is likely to allow 3 runs or less majority of the time and keep them in games.

  26. Phillyfan425 1 year ago

    If they sign AJ, one of two things will (should) probably happen.
    1. Trade KK for some AA or AAA pitching that is probably equal to him, but 1-2 years away.
    2. Move MAG to the pen (I could see this happening even without signing AJ – depending on his performance in ST). It wouldn’t be a bad contract out of the pen ($4 M AAV) and let him adjust to the MLB for the year.

  27. Jeff Miller 1 year ago

    I’m in favor of MAG starting in the pen or even in the Triple-A rotation.

    With Kendrick, I agree they should move him. Not sure what his value is with only a year of control, but I’d guess a mid-level guy in the 10-15 range. Though the Phils it seem are loyal to a fault with Kendrick.

  28. Phillyfan425 1 year ago

    I wouldn’t send MAG to AAA – mainly because I’d equate AAA to Cuba (in terms of talent level). He’s proven he can do it there. Plus, you don’t “save” anything (service time, money) by putting him in AAA.

    I’m continually split on KK. $5 M is basically my cutoff for a guy like him. I break starting pitchers into 3 categories. Ace, 2/3, and 4/5. And KK falls in the upper edge of the 4/5 range (with the fringe of a 2/3 – but he has to be very on, which I don’t think he can do for a full season). My personal preference is to not pay more than $5 M for a 4/5 pitcher. I think the Phillies have stuck with him more out of need and uncertainty from their minors – which might be somewhat mistaken for loyalty. If we were going by a player in the Phillies system as a “comp” for what I’d expect back for KK, I’d say Pettibone from the start of last year (a starter at AA/AAA with nothing overpowering, but has pretty good command – and I just looked out our system rankings from end of 2012, and Pettibone was 10th by MLB com).

  29. Phillyfan425 1 year ago

    EDIT: Doubled post…basically.

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