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

Morosi: Pirates Showing Interest in Burnett, Bastardo

As seemingly a third of Major League Baseball is represented at Monday’s Phillies game by various scouts keeping an eye on starter Cliff Lee, rumors continue to swirl as to the interest level of some of the team’s other trade chips. Every day brings new names to an ever-growing list of potential cast-offs as Ruben Amaro Jr. faces the overhaul that he has put off for the last two and a half seasons. With ten days until the July 31st deadline, one has to imagine that the moving and shaking will start relatively soon.

A Monday evening report, courtesy of FoxSports1’s Jon Morosi, mentioned the Phillies cross-state neighbor as a possible landing spot for a few veteran pitchers. According to his sources, Morosi reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are showing interest in starter A.J. Burnett and reliever Antonio Bastardo.

 

Burnett was a big part of the Pirates playoff run last season, and apparently holds no sort of ill-will towards the team that gave him a standing ovation in his recent start in Pittsburgh.

 

The Pirates really seemed to benefit from Burnett’s veteran presence last season and, despite an up-and-down campaign with the Phillies, the right-hander has shown enough in his outings to show value to a team trying to contend in the loaded NL Central. As for Bastardo, the left-hander has quietly put together perhaps his best season in Philadelphia. After a dreadful start Bastardo, much like the rest of the Phillies bullpen, has rounded into form nicely. He has allowed earned runs just once in his last 16 appearances. With affordable bullpen pitching always a popular target during the trade deadline, expect several teams to call for Bastardo’s availability.

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