Let’s put all of the A.J. Burnett rumors and links in one place.
- Joe Strauss says the Cardinals were one of 15 teams scouting Burnett yesterday. Strauss says that Burnett’s contract allows a trade to the Cardinals, and they "remain intrigued" after Walt Jocketty pursued him as a free agent in ’05.
- Will Carroll says he’s been heavily scouted but demand is low. Carroll thinks the Phillies could jump back in if the price comes down. He also wonders whether Burnett would clear waivers in August.
- Jayson Stark says Burnett is "eminently available," with the Yankees, Phillies, and Cardinals checking in. He adds that the Blue Jays won’t trade within the division, the Phillies chose Joe Blanton, and the Cardinals balked at the price of two premium players.
- Jim Molony expects Burnett to stay put.
- Dave Cameron thinks Burnett is underrated.
- Ken Rosenthal finds trade interest in Burnett minimal, noting that teams would prefer a guarantee that the pitcher will opt out after the season.