Here we go again. The Batimore Orioles are interested in A.J. Burnett. Shocking right? However at this stage talks are “very preliminary talks” according to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi. You cannot dispute though that with the trade deadline just under two weeks away that the Orioles will not revisit with the Phillies time and time again to try and get something done for the 37 year old pitcher.
The Orioles’ relatively young starting rotation has been very good this season, leading them to first place thus far this year in a lackluster AL East. Now may be the time to jump at the opportunity to win the division and make a return to the playoffs. As the post-season is around the corner, we as fans see it time and time again that starting pitching comes towards the forefront; and while the young rotation has been productive this year they lack the veteran presence. That’s where A.J could come in handy and very valuable.
However I would be doing you an injustice if I did not point out that in A.J.’s 8 career playoff starts, he sports an ERA north of six and a strikeout to walk percentage that is very unlike A.J.
A few questions arises though if the Orioles do have the chance to pull the trigger and bring Burnett to Baltimore; how much would they be giving up for a virtual one year rental? A.J. does have a player option for next season but he already alluded to the fact last year he was considering retirement. Also if Baltimore made the trade, who would they send to the bullpen or even the minors? Gonzalez? Gausman?
Whatever it may be, time is ticking for Dan Duquette and the Orioles’ organization to make a big splash before the deadline and attempt to push them over the top to make a return to the fall classic for a city that is starving for it.