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Pittsburgh Emerging as Front Runners for Burnett

Posted by Pat Egan, Tue, July 22, 2014 02:00 PM | Comments: 85
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It is looking as though the Pittsburgh Pirates are emerging as a favorite to land Phillies starter A.J. Burnett. Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.Com tweeted Tuesday that Burnett would prefer to return to Pittsburgh. Burnett, in his first year with the Phillies, pitched for the Pirates during the 2012, and 2013 seasons. Burnett had a great year in 2013 posting a 10-11 record with a 3.30 ERA. Those numbers helped land Burnett a $15 million dollar deal with the Phillies in the offseason.

Tom Gannam Associated Press

Tom Gannam Associated Press

Burnett’s tenure in Pittsburgh ended on a sour note. When Pirates manager Clint Hurdle elected to go with Gerrit Cole instead of Burnett for the series deciding game five NLDS game Burnett was said to have felt disrespected. The game five slight was one of the main reasons why Burnett chose to leave Pittsburgh and not resign. But the bad blood between Burnett and Pittsburgh is said to have been overblown.Rosenthal also said that while Burnett wants to rejoin the Buccos the feeling seems to be mutual with Pirates players lobbying the front office for his return. One snag in the deal could be, and stop me if you’ve heard this before, Burnett’s vesting option for 2015. Burnett has made 21 starts this season for the Phillies. At 24 starts his option would cost $8.5 million. At 27 starts that number gets bumped up to $10 million. At 30 starts it would be $11.75 million and his option would max out at $12.75 million if Burnett were to make 32 starts this season.

Burnett isn’t having the year the Phillies had hoped for this season. He currently has a 6-9 record with a 4.03 ERA. In his last start the righty got rocked, to the tune of six runs in five innings of work. It should be noted that Burnett is pitching through an inguinal hernia this season.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.Com tweeted Tuesday that Burnett has left the Pirates off his no trade list. Burnett, like fellow starter Cliff Lee, can reject a trade to 20 teams. Crasnick tweeted that the nine teams that can trade for Burnett without the righty’s permission are; Pirates, Red Sox, Orioles, Royals, Reds, Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, and Nationals. The Orioles are another team that are said to be in on Burnett.

The Pirates currently sit two and a half games out of the division lead, and two games out of a wild card spot. Pittsburgh could certainly use pitching help as their starters have a 3.92 staff ERA which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Burnett isn’t going to fetch a top prospect so if a deal does get done don’t expect to hear names like Josh Bell, Austin Meadows, or Reese McGuire.

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  • Posts: 0 Frank

    Thoughts on if they could actually get a high upside guy like Jacobs jones?

     
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    Unless Hamels is dealt none of the returning names will be recognizable.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Sterling Marte? A contract they probably want to dump but might be useful for us.

     
    • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

      What?! are you crazy??

      Marte mccuthen and polanco will be together for a long time in Pittsburgh….

      We’d be lucky to pry josh Harrison away from them

       
    • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

      They’re not looking to dump Marte. He’s one of the best young players in baseball.

       
      • Posts: 0 Andrew

        I meant Jose Tabata. Totally botched that one.

         
      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        That’s better, Tabata and a lower level prospect for Burnett and some cash may work

         
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Gameday # ??

    Sandoval practically falls flat on his face running down the baseline and still gets a hit and an RBI. Gawd, we suck.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    New website “Phillies Trade Nation” Where we don’t actually care about the games anymore, they’re not important, just 24/7 trade rumors!

     
    • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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      Yeah, pretty much. If there were a snowball’s chance in hell that a trade would make this team better, I might care. But all it’s going to do is take away any players worth watching. :^P

       
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    The Panda is having a difficult time out there tonight. Thats the way to get it started Ben..

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Woo hoo! Phils got a hit!

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    I got out of work late tonight and am following MLB Gameday on the bus home. But they showed video of Sandoval;s tumble.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    JRoll is showing a lot more patience at the plate, which is a good thing. Maybe now that he has the record, there is less pressure to get hits.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    CHASE UTLEY< YOU ARE THE MAN!!!

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    1-1. That was an odd defense. Utley hit a sure double play ball but the second baseman had shifted way toward first.

     
    • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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      I’ll be able to see it all at home soon… bus is almost to the parking lot. Back in 15.

       
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Ryan Howard, you are not…

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Howard on the other hand …

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Grady batting in the Dom spot huh?

     
  • Posts: 0 c. schreiber

    I see that the Ruffer is up so why is that KO, slow ass base clogger in the lineup and don’t say its because a right hander is pitching. Howard is the same Howard versus either side pitcher, except a tad worse versus leftys.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Back now.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    ugh. Brown could have done that.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Rupp is not having a good night at all. Horrible AB and a throw that some how got past both Rollins and Utley

     
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    I haven’t really embraced the analyst Jamie Moyer but he’s right about the “comfortable” AB that Posey just enjoyed after starting 0-2. Ryan Howard on the other hand never has a comfortable AB with two strikes.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    3-0 take!!! You got to build the city one brick at a time I guess.

     
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    Wow I think I would have swung at that, but I dont make thw big bucks. Good job

     
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    Howard was so fooled on that pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    So much for the risp for tonight.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Ugh.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Moyer is getting better. He just has to add more to keep TMAC from talking too much.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    (sigh)

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Pence has really found a home in SF. They love him. And in watching some late night west coast games, he has been playing right field well too. Boy did Fausto hang that one.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Asce is really doing some tremendous fielding

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Asche wants to be Brooks Robinson, wow.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Giants announcers pointed out that Asche is not just making the glove plays but bouncing up very quickly to make the throw.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    The Giants announcers might be the most entertaining and informative in MLB. They are way better than our guys.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Ben seems to like this pitcher

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    WOO HOO~~~~

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    As does Jimmy

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    of course, I saw this back-and-forth in person last night. It didn’t end well for the Phils….

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    WOW! Howard from 1st to home on one play? Amazing!

     
    • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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      I cant remember the last time I saw that. Wow nice catch Byrd.

       
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Howard’s been on first when a double was hit 11 times this year, and it’s only the 2nd time he scored on the play.

      Others also bad at that this year:

      Adam LaRoche, scored from 1st on a double 2 out of 13 times
      Troy Tulowitzki, 2 of 12
      Casey McGehee, 1 of 9
      Adrian Gonzalez, 1 of 8
      Mike Morse, 1 of 8
      Carlos Ruiz, 1 of 8

       
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    WOW!!!! Not bad for an old guy

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Time for AB to show off for the scouts.

     
    • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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      Seriously, you’d think the chance to get out of here would bring out the best in our players…

       
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        That assumes they all want out.

        It also assumes that if only they tried harder, they would do better.

        Both of those are dubious, IMO.

         
      • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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        It’s called sarcasm, shenkman. Look it up.

        Seriously, save your stuff for the people who aren’t cheering fo the team night after night.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        That was sarcasm? Ok, I misread that — my bad.

         
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    whew!!

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Giants batters are good at staying alive, working Giles hard.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    yeah, shame to see a chink in Giles’ armor.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    30 pitches and letting him pitch to the lefty. Hang in there Ken

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    whew! still winning!

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Well done, heck of a battle for the kid that inning. Maybe he’s truly got closer potential.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Here’s your guy Ruf, c schreiber, oops pitching change so maybe not.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Another three hour game just entering the top of the 8th.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Ugggh!

     
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      You said it, Lefty! Figures Buster “Ring Around the” Posey would homer of Papatool to tie it. One positive is that we hit and Chase, despite a costly error, won another Heart and Hustle award. Maybe Howard can use them as batting tees with Dom.

      Also, thanks to Ken Bland for recommending Doc’s twitter feed. It is awesome. Let’s win this marathon game.

       
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Great hustle there from Rollins. Come on Chase— yesss

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Fly ball Howard that’s all we need.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    Ugghh- alright lets end this Byrd

     
 
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