According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the Braves and A.J. Burnett have mutual interest. Preliminary talks have taken place. Burnett’s agent, Darek Braunecker, downplayed the idea that Burnett strongly desires to play closer to home. The Braves also like Derek Lowe and Ryan Dempster. They could try to sign two of the three if a Jake Peavy deal cannot be hammered out.