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AJ Burnett: Orioles showed little interest

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Despite what you hear from Dynamite Dan, the Warehouse and others, Burnett says the Orioles showed little interest. "Very little," per the article.

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/burnett-guaranteed-22-5m-over-155045448--mlb.html

 

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A.J. Burnett and the Philadelphia Phillies have completed a contract that guarantees the pitcher $15 million for 2014 and $22.5 million over two seasons.
 
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Under the deal finalized Sunday, Burnett would make $33.5 million over two seasons if he makes 30 starts or more in both years.
 
The 37-year-old Burnett, who pitched for Pittsburgh for the last two seasons, chose the Phillies over the Pirates, he said, because of the proximity of the team to his home in Monkton, Md. Burnett said the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals showed very little interest.
 
''An hour and a half,'' Burnett said of the commute to Philadelphia from home. ''I can drive home and stay in my own house if I want to. ... I'll put it very simple, this is the first time in my career I made a decision that wasn't about A.J. Burnett. It was about my wife. It was about my kids. It was about playing somewhere where I'm at home and can still do what I love. And that feels good. It feels good. It was a no-brainer.''
 
Burnett revived his career with Pittsburgh the last two seasons, pitching to a 3.31 ERA and winning 26 games.

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If he brought those salary numbers to Baltimore, I think DD was wise not to pursue him.

 

37 is awfully old for a pitcher and that kind of contract.

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It's amazing the Orioles can actually find players who are good enough and cheap enough to play for them.

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Despite what you hear from Dynamite Dan, the Warehouse and others, Burnett says the Orioles showed little interest. "Very little," per the article.

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/burnett-guaranteed-22-5m-over-155045448--mlb.html

 

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A.J. Burnett and the Philadelphia Phillies have completed a contract that guarantees the pitcher $15 million for 2014 and $22.5 million over two seasons.
 
Related Stories
 
Phillies, Burnett finalize $16 million deal The SportsXchange
 
So long, Pirates: A.J. Burnett signs with the Phillies.
 
Under the deal finalized Sunday, Burnett would make $33.5 million over two seasons if he makes 30 starts or more in both years.
 
The 37-year-old Burnett, who pitched for Pittsburgh for the last two seasons, chose the Phillies over the Pirates, he said, because of the proximity of the team to his home in Monkton, Md. Burnett said the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals showed very little interest.
 
''An hour and a half,'' Burnett said of the commute to Philadelphia from home. ''I can drive home and stay in my own house if I want to. ... I'll put it very simple, this is the first time in my career I made a decision that wasn't about A.J. Burnett. It was about my wife. It was about my kids. It was about playing somewhere where I'm at home and can still do what I love. And that feels good. It feels good. It was a no-brainer.''
 
Burnett revived his career with Pittsburgh the last two seasons, pitching to a 3.31 ERA and winning 26 games.

 

Then Burnett and his agent don't look at the internet. All we read about all winter was that the O's were hoping that AJ would not retire and pitch in Baltimore.

 

My sense is that the O's probably wanted a one year deal and offered 7 or 8 mil and the agent took that as "not very serious".

 

If he really was making a decision about "his wife and family" he'd be in Camden Yards which about 30 min from Monkton instead of Philly which is 90 min from Monkton.

Edited by JoyinMudville

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Then Burnett and his agent don't look at the internet. All we read about all winter was that the O's were hoping that AJ would not retire and pitch in Baltimore.

 

My sense is that the O's probably wanted a one year deal and offered 7 or 8 mil and the agent took that as "not very serious".

 

If he really was making a decision about "his wife and family" he'd be in Camden Yards which about 30 min from Monkton instead of Philly which is 90 min from Monkton.

I agree. 

 

I'm not criticizing the guy. that's a ridiculous offer made by a desperate team. you take one last cash grab like that , when it's offered to you. but as you said, if he truly wanted to be close to home, he would have approached the O's and settled for a more modest salary.

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If "little interest" is defined by not wanting to pay that much, the Orioles were probably doing the right thing. Especially if they are willing to get Santana, Jiminez, or somebody (somebody GOOD) off the scrap heap later on this spring.

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Then Burnett and his agent don't look at the internet. All we read about all winter was that the O's were hoping that AJ would not retire and pitch in Baltimore.

 

My sense is that the O's probably wanted a one year deal and offered 7 or 8 mil and the agent took that as "not very serious".

 

If he really was making a decision about "his wife and family" he'd be in Camden Yards which about 30 min from Monkton instead of Philly which is 90 min from Monkton.

Maybe he didn't want to be only 30 minutes from his wife.  With his ugly tattoos, I'm pretty confident she must nag the hell out of him.

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His agent was on the air earlier this week and said that AJ wasn't as aware of it, but both the Orioles and Nationals (I believe) showed very significant interest.

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Sorry but DD would have been hammered for that contract. Good non signing in my opinion

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earlier this week, I heard an interview with his agent. they asked him about AJ's comments about the O's lack of interest. his agent said, and I'm paraphrasing, 'I'm not sure why AJ would say that. I guess you have to ask him, because the Orioles were very aggressive in their interest. and while they satisfied the "close to home" variable, that wasn't as important as AJ's desire to stay in the NL"

 

Philly overpaid, and not by a little bit 

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Yeah I don't know about the O's agrresiveness thing, but I posted last week that it was pretty much public knowledge that he wanted to stay in the NL

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Yeah I don't know about the O's agrresiveness thing, but I posted last week that it was pretty much public knowledge that he wanted to stay in the NL

totally.

it's cushy over there pitching to a dainty hitting pitcher once every go 'round the batting order. that's why Arroyo stayed in the NL. 

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if he truly wanted to be close to home, he would have approached the O's and settled for a more modest salary.

 

Um, no.

 

No one wants to play for Baltimore nowadays.

 

And thus, no one "settles" for Baltimore.

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Um, no.

 

No one wants to play for Baltimore nowadays.

 

And thus, no one "settles" for Baltimore.

Mr Jimenez says hello

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Mr Jimenez says hello

 

No he doesn't.  He says "hola". :)

 

I'm on record liking that deal.

 

Still, it was made after spring training started,

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Um, no.

 

No one wants to play for Baltimore nowadays.

 

And thus, no one "settles" for Baltimore.

They don't want to pitch in a band box nor the al east

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They don't want to pitch in a band box nor the al east

Timing is everything.  This notion you have only holds true until the Red Sox, Yanks, Angels, Braves, Rangers, Cards and Dodgers finish shopping.  As of today, all the big boys are done buying and of the teams still active, I can't think of one that would be a better home then the yard.  Seattle?  Pittsburgh?  Toronto?

 

The Red Sox built a winner by avoiding the blockbuster deals and instead shopping in aisle two.  That where you find Napoli, Victorino and the like.  That's also where you can buy both Jimenez and Santana for less than one Tanaka costs.

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