Jul 11, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) waves to the cheering fans as he leaves the game in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies, Orioles have reportedly Discussed A.J. Burnett

As one who has spent a decent amount of time in the D.C./Baltimore area, I’ve been able to watch a fair amount of Orioles baseball. Though it may come off blasphemous to the Philadelphia fanbase, the Orioles lineup reminds me a great deal of what the Phillies were a little over five years ago. Despite one of the most impressive offenses in baseball, Baltimore’s pitching appears to be holding them back from taking the next step as a legitimate contender. With the trade deadline less than two weeks away, The Orioles and Phillies actually appear to be a great match at multiple positions. According to FoxSports1′s Jon Morosi, the two teams have at least kicked the tires on a move involving starter A.J. Burnett.

 

 

Even with his last start leaving much to be desire, the 37-year-old Burnett has still shown the capability to be a valuable asset to a pitching rotation that receives very little by the way of run support. His numbers (4.08 ERA, 6-9 record) aren’t spectacular, but the Orioles pitching is middle-of-the-pack at-best at a 3.85 team ERA. Burnett could most likely be had for less than a king’s ransom from a Baltimore organization with a couple of potentially elite prospects headlining a solid overall crop. 

It would not come as much of a surprise to continue to hear the Orioles and Phillies linked in trade discussions involving anyone from Burnett to even Jonathan Papelbon or Cliff Lee. Baltimore is a team with a ton of talent that appears in need of one or two extra pieces before they can be a major player in the conversation for the World Series. 

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